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Healthwatch Cumbria Activity Update – June 2015

Over the past month the Healthwatch team has been busy raising awareness and listening to people’s experiences of health and social care in Cumbria.

Third Sector Support Groups:
Healthwatch provided presentations and attended information sessions to a number of third sector organizations. The team have met with Beacon Hill Methodist Church’s “Magic Monday” club, Copeland Occupational & Social Centre members, Carlisle Cancer Advisory Group, Copeland’s Deaf Vision Group along with Anne and Linda the chair and deputy chair of Copeland disability Forum. Through our engagements we were able to hear some of the concerns from group members and listened to some lively conversations. Recent key themes are: communication, access to services, attitudes and awareness.
Healthwatch Cumbria will be attending the UHMB & the CCG Listening Event on Thursday 25th June at Forum 28 in Barrow . The topic for discussions will be Communication. We are looking forward to taking part in what we hope will be some informative discussions.

Healthwatch is looking forward to attending the West Cumbria Carers meeting on Thursday 25th June at the Beacon in Whitehaven. We will be on hand to hear patient, family and carer experiences of health and social care. There will also be information available on the Independent Advocacy Service for NHS Complaints.

PLACE Visits
Healthwatch has continued to be involved in PLACE visits across the county this month; these are Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment. These are now concluded for 2015. Findings from the assessments will be made public by services in due course.

Drop-In sessions
The team will be holding a drop-in session at the Library in the Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle on Tuesday 14th July between 10am – 12noon. This is your opportunity to come along and tell us your views/experiences of the health and social care services you access be they good or bad. All comments are valid. Everyone is welcome.
We are hoping to bring the drop-in sessions to Barrow, Kendal & Penrith Libraries next – watch this space!!

Ambassadors
We have continued to receive interest this month from people who would like to become Ambassadors for Healthwatch. If you have some spare time and feel passionate about our health and social care services in Cumbria and would like to become involved with Healthwatch please contact Sue Hannah, our Senior Engagement officer for more information on info@healthwatchcumbria.co.uk or call 01900 607208.

If you are an organization, 3rd sector group or attend/know of a group that would be interested in Healthwatch visiting, you can contact Sue Hannah our Senior engagement officer on sue.hannah@healthwatchcumbria.co.uk or telephone 01900 607208