News 2018-07-13T14:44:19+00:00


Healthwatch Portsmouth Annual General Meeting 27 June 2018

You are invited to the Healthwatch Portsmouth Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27 June 2018, 6-8pm, in Conference Room A at the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AL.

At the meeting we will be joined by Imelda Redmond, National Director of Healthwatch England, who will be talking about the new Healthwatch England five year strategy. We will also be celebrating 70 years of the NHS with a cake.

We look forward to seeing you on the 27th – to help us get an idea of numbers please sign up on the Eventbrite website

NHS Digital introduce new tool for patient opt-out to stop confidential data being used for research purposes

NHS Digital have introduced a new tool that people can use to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for reasons other than their individual care and treatment.

This is part of a vision to improve patients’ trust and confidence in how data is looked after by the health and social care system. Patients and the public who decide they do not want their personally identifiable data used for planning and research purposes will be able to set their national data opt-out choice online.

The national data opt-out is available for the public online from 25 May at For those who do not want to or cannot access the service digitally there is a national telephone service available on 0300 303 5678

Draft April Board meeting minutes published

The draft minutes from our Board meeting on 17 April 2018 are now available

Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting  minutes 17 April 2018 DRAFT

Documents from meeting

Mental Health Foundation – Your mental health

Right now, mental health problems have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people. The Mental Health Foundation is a charity dedicated to finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems. They deliver and run ground-breaking evidence and practice-informed programmes, giving us the expertise to share what works. For more of their resources please click on Mental Health Foundation – Your mental health.

Test your stress on the Mental Health Foundation website

For Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 national charity the Mental Health Foundation have launched a new tool to help people test how stressed they are.

Using the  evidence-based Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) the MHF’s Stress Test asks a series of questions and then gives a score and an indication of whether this is low, medium or high.

Stress is not a mental health problem in itself but it is a key cause of mental health problems like depression and anxiety and is often linked to self-harm and suicide. Stress is also known to lead to physical health problems like muscle and joint pain and cardiovascular problems.

As well at the Stress Test the MHF have published information and advice on how to manage and reduce stress.

Take the MHF Stress now

MHF – How to manage […]

Get involved in developing the future of healthcare in Portsmouth at the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust workshop Monday 21 May 2018, 14.30 – 16.30 hrs

We have received an invitation from Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust to a workshop on Monday 21 May 2018

Details of the workshop are below
– please reply directly to
or phone Sharon Griffen on 023 92286000, ext 59

Invitation to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust workshop 21 May 2018
Are you a patient, family member, carer, member of the local community or voluntary organisation that is interested in supporting your local hospital move towards its ambition of “Outstanding”?

Would you like to be part of the development of the 5 year strategy for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust to achieve that?

We would be delighted if you would join us:
14.30 – 16.30 hrs, Monday 21 May 2018
At  Cosham Baptist Church, Havant Road, Cosham PO6 2QZ

Light refreshments will be available.

Disabled parking is available on site, with some additional spaces. […]

First meeting of Portsmouth Autism Community Forum 18 May 2018

We would like to invite you to the first meeting of the Portsmouth Autism Community Forum on Friday 18 May 2018
to be held at
Learning Links
3 St Georges Business Centre,
St Georges Square,
Portsmouth PO1 3EY.

The meeting will run 10:30-12:30. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be available throughout.

The Autism Community Forum will be a place where people with autism, their families and carers can meet with service providers such as the council, health services and support groups. We want your views and for you to have your say to make services in Portsmouth better. Healthwatch Portsmouth are working with the council on this project to involve as wide a range of people as possible.

The first meeting will discuss how to set up the forum and how it could run including timings for meetings, […]