Healthwatch #ItStartsWithYou campaign launches in County Durham – what health or social care change do YOU want to spark?
Healthwatch County Durham is launching a campaign to encourage people across the region to help make health and social care better by sharing their experiences of services. The #ItStartsWithYou campaign encourages people to have their say and help spark improvements and changes to services that will benefit their communities in the future. Now in its second year, every Healthwatch organisation across the country is involved, generating a massive energy for change.
Tony Bentley is one of those who shared their experiences with the Healthwatch County Durham team last year and, as a result, people across the area are now benefiting from clearer information about local care homes online. Tony had struggled to find the information he needed when searching for a care home for his mother. Several websites exist that list services, including providers own sites, but details of CQC ratings, fees, and even of what services homes provided were not always accessible.
Tony’s experience sparked more research. Now, thanks to Tony and other research volunteers, all care homes with a contract with the county council have to provide key information on the Durham County Council “Locate” website. The public now have more information about the homes available, which helps them make more informed decisions. Tony also helped to develop a best practice website for providers, so they can learn how to improve their own websites. Following this success, Tony has been nominated for a national Healthwatch award – and it all snowballed from sharing his personal experience.
You could make a difference too. Share your experiences with Healthwatch County Durham at email@example.com or by calling 0800 304 7039. Remember – it starts with you!
Many East Durham Trust partners will have responded to the recent survey on Psychology Services - Please see the link for the Final Report.
As the 25th May draws near the Information Commission Office (ICO) have a number of useful resources on their website to help preparations including:
The final, detailed guidance for using consent as a lawful basis has also now been published.
Please see details of the Sunderland Urgent Care consultation for your information: http://www.sunderlandccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/urgent-care-services/
There is an event in Murton around this consultation on Monday 2 July, 5 - 7pm, at The Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Murton, SR7 9BX for anyone interested.
An excited group of 13 East Durham residents met at the Horden Heritage Centre and Vintage Tea Rooms on the 6th March for a quick breakfast before heading off to the new Mining Art Gallery in Bishop Auckland. The gallery is a permanent home for the renowned Gemini Collection of Mining Art, which includes more than 420 works by prominent local artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish.
Looking for things to do with the kids over the Easter weekend? Join families from the Horden area for the 'Easter Crafts Eggstravaganza' at Roseby Road Wellbeing Centre on Saturday 31st March. All families are welcome!
Due to the increasing demand for food parcels over the last couple of weeks stocks are starting to run low! Any donations would be gratefully received so that we can continue to support the most in need people in our community via our FEED project.
Meetings to be held in Public
Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG and North Durham CCG are working increasingly closely together. The two CCGs work in partnership with the same main providers of health services and together cover the same geographical area as Durham County Council. With that in mind the two Governing Bodies have agreed to meet ‘in common’ wherever possible and will continue to rotate and alternate venues across both CCGs.
Two meetings will be held in public on:
Tuesday 20th March 2018 at:
Teesdale Community Resources, The Hub, Shaw Bank, Staindrop Road, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD
Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) Committees in Common
12.45 – 2.15pm
Governing Bodies in Common
2.30pm – 4.45pm
Each Clinical Commissioning Group wishes to invite the public to observe their PCC Committee and Governing Body at work.
In order to ensure that appropriate seating is provided, please register your attendance (informing of any special requirements) with Mags Wells on 0191 371 3224 or email: Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions for the Governing Bodies in Common should be submitted to Mags Wells by no later than 12 noon on Monday 12th March 2018. Meeting agendas and papers will be available prior to the meeting online at both: www.durhamdaleseasingtonsedgefieldccg.nhs.uk and www.northdurhamccg.nhs.uk
East Durham Trust
T: 0191 5693511