The Armed Forces community includes people serving in the Armed Forces as regulars or reservists, volunteers, ex-forces members (veterans) and family members of past and present service personnel. As not much is known about the Armed Forces community in Northamptonshire, Healthwatch Northamptonshire carried out a survey on behalf of the Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire to find out more about the health and social care needs of this community. We are currently carrying out a similar survey with Healthwatch Rutland.
Here are some examples of recent community engagement programmes we have been contracted to deliver.
During the summer of 2017, Healthwatch Northamptonshire worked with Nene NHS and NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) to gather the views and experiences of parents that were currently using or had recently used maternity services in Northamptonshire. This work helped to inform and develop the Local Maternity System plan for Northamptonshire.
A survey was designed by the Healthwatch Northamptonshire (HWN) Children, Young People and Families planning group and was then tested for appropriateness/refined at two workshops with Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance (NBA) in March 2016. The survey was designed to engage with mothers and partners and explore their opinions.
[Read more…] about Survey into Experiences of Pregnancy, Birth and Onwards
Healthwatch Northamptonshire (HWN) was commissioned to engage with CYP to inform the objectives of the Northamptonshire Children and Young People’s Future in Mind Local Transformation Plan for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health. The starting point was to establish the views and awareness of CYP across the county about eating disorders.
[Read more…] about Report into Eating Disorders among Children and Young People (CYP)
Healthwatch Northamptonshire (HWN) was commissioned by NHS Nene and Corby CCGs to survey local opinion about specific care services. Key questions were incorporated within the annual HWN “Make Your Voice Count” campaign then HWN’s team and volunteers visited hospitals, clinics, leisure centres, shopping centres, colleges, Dementia Cafes, Support Groups and many county events to carry out the survey. A total of 43 venues were surveyed. The HWN website also carried the survey.
Over 1,000 surveys were completed by a wide range of local people, giving clear insights into public views on the specified services and very useful suggestions on how future services could be designed by NHS Nene CCG and its partners to best meet public needs.
The CCGs wanted to gain people’s views on present and future health services to input into the county’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) so that the right care can be delivered in the right place at the right time.
[Read more…] about Public Participation event for NHS Nene and Corby CCGs