News 2017-08-03T12:02:09+00:00


Tai Chi for people with dementia – seeking volunteers

Do you know or are you a carer of someone with dementia?

Bournemouth University is looking for people to get involved with a piece of research around Dementia and Tai Chi. The research team are happy to come out and deliver workshops explaining the project to the groups or individuals

The study is being conducted by Bournemouth University research team led by Dr Samuel Nyman.

Portsmouth City has been selected to be a part of the study. The study is approved by the NHS research ethics […]

Patient Engagement Champion 2017

Congratulations to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

On Tuesday 16 May 2017, MES (Membership Engagement Services), awarded the Trust “ Engagement Champion of the Year”. The award was in recognition of the Trusts commitment to actively involve patients, families, carers and members of the local community on the design, delivery and monitoring of our services.

The judging panel which included the Head of Patient Experience at NHSI said the trust showed a bold and creative approach and has advanced beyond the boundaries of what engagement in health […]

The NHS needs your help!

Gemma McKenna is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton working on a study concerning people’s experiences of urgent and emergency care. She is really keen to recruit interviewees from the Portsmouth area. Please see attached some further information.

Can you help?

She needs:

Participants: She is looking for people aged 18-25, from East European backgrounds, and aged 70 plus, or a carer for one of these groups

From: Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire and have used one or more of the following services:


CQC warns mental health sector is ‘at a crossroads’

some services are responding positively to unprecedented challenges but others must move away from out-dated care that leaves people ‘helpless and powerless’

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (20th July 2017) publishes the findings of its comprehensive inspection programme of all specialist mental health services, giving the most complete picture ever of the quality of mental health provision for people in England.

Inspectors found many examples of excellent care – but they also found too much poor care and far too much variation […]

Most services meet the ‘Mum Test’ but there is still too much poor care, finds CQC

While the majority of services are safe and of a high quality and many are improving, too many people across England are living in care homes and receiving care and support in their own homes that is not good enough. Without a proper recognition of the importance of adult social care and a renewed commitment to quality, the numbers of people affected by poor care could increase and have a profound impact on their lives.  

In a national report, published today (Thursday 6 July 2017), the […]

Can you help shape health and care services in Portsmouth?

Healthwatch Portsmouth is a local body created to help people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it’s improving them today or helping shape them for tomorrow, we act as the local champion; enabling a community voice, influencing the design and delivery of local services where appropriate, providing challenge and enabling choice.

We are seeking people who can join our Board, to help steer us into the future and work to ensure that local people have a real voice.

This […]