During the Covid-19 pandemic, people who work in health and care services and the voluntary and community sector across the South West have offered new choices to patients and the public, for example, by making more use of online and telephone appointments.
Our NHS colleagues across the South West, including Dorset, would like to know what you think about these new ways of working to help them understand how they can best meet the future needs of the people living in our region.
Please share your views by clicking on the link below. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes:
The information you provide will be used by health and care organisations and commissioners at NHS England and NHS Improvement in the South West to help them understand what suits different people best in different parts of our region.
The survey will be open until 31 July, 2020. A report with the results of the survey will be published on the NHS England and NHS Improvement South West website and participating health and care organisations and shared with those who provide their email addresses.
The Dorset Cancer Partnership is seeking members of the public living in Dorset, Hampshire or the Isle of Wight to take part in user testing of their new website, Cancer Matters Wessex. Your feedback will help the development of the website before it is launched later this year.
What is Cancer Matters Wessex?
Cancer Matters Wessex is a new website that aims to provide more local and personalised information for cancer patients in Dorset and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including people who have had cancer in the past or are worried they may have cancer, and for family, friends and carers of patients living with cancer. The website is sponsored by the Wessex Cancer Alliance in collaboration with the Dorset Cancer Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The first phase launch of the website will focus on information about COVID-19 for cancer patients and how it will impact on their lives. The second phase launch will focus on information about specific cancer pathways, including diagnosis, treatment and support available.
How can I get involved?
If you’d like to participate in the user testing of the website, you will need access to an email account and a computer. Contact Ruth Webster (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 10 July for further information.
The Thames Valley and Wessex Strategic Clinical Network are hosting an Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Workshop on 18th March 2020 from 9.30am to 4.00pm at Crowne Plaza, Basingstoke.
The event provides an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the region, hear from National and Regional leads, to share local initiatives and consider how we can work together to improve care across Thames Valley and Wessex.
Topics will include national programme overview, regional EIP data, implementing peer support, clinical best practice from across the region and local best practice examples.
This workshop is targeted at a variety of professionals including Clinical Directors, Chief Operating Officers, Commissioners, Clinicians working in EIP, Peer support workers, Pharmacists, Data leads and anyone else with an interest.
Register for your place today by clicking here.
For any queries or help with registering please contact: Carolyn.Hinton@nhs.net or to view the event flyer, click here.
NHS England is seeking patient engagement and input into the Length of Stay (LOS) Programme.
We are planning to hold an engagement event with key leaders and interested parties to outline the LOS programme on 20 January at 10am to 1pm (registration opens at 9.30am). Lunch will be included. The venue is still to be confirmed but will be in Leeds city centre.
We would also like to invite a key patient network leader to take part on the LOS Oversight Group meeting to maintain a focus on inclusion of the patient voice across the programme. Attendance would be on a quarterly basis.
The LOS programme advocates that patients are discharged (either home or to a care facility) rather than remaining in hospital when clinically appropriate and without unnecessary delay. Unnecessarily prolonged stays in hospital can significantly decondition patients, increase the risk of falls and expose patients to infections.
Regular eye tests, or sight tests, are the best way to ensure your eyes are healthy and make the best use of your eyesight. Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism are 10 times more likely to have a serious sight problem (SeeAbility, 2016.) Eye tests can monitor any changes in how well your eyes can see, confirm if you need glasses and/or contact lenses, and monitor diseases.
Wessex Voices is working with NHS England Wessex (South) and SeeAbility to understand how eye care and eye tests can be improved for people with learning disabilities and/or autism in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
What is the survey about?
In our new survey, we want to know what are the problems and how can accessibility be improved? Questions in the survey will ask about the experiences of:
We want to hear from adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, people with complex needs, and their carers/supporters.
The survey will be available online (including Easy Read) and hard copies with reply paid envelopes (including Easy Read). We are also doing face to face interviews with individuals, as well as speaking at group forums and meetings. Get in touch with us if you would like Easy Read versions, hard copies or would like us to speak with your group or for an individual interview.
When is the survey open?
The survey is now closed; it was open from 20 December 2019 to 16 February 2020.
When is the report available?
The report will be published in 2020 on our website. Please keep checking our websites for updates or if you'd like to receive a copy when it is available, you can sign up by emailing email@example.com.
Where can I get more information about eye care and tests?
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please emali us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHS England and NHS Improvement is offering coaching for Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partners as part of its ongoing support offer.