Delegated commissioning of primary care services

Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group are seeking your views, as they consider taking full responsibility for deciding which services are provided in your GP Surgery and how much should be paid for them. In an open letter, Dr Ian Goodman, Chair, Hillingdon CCG, said “Hillingdon GPs are currently considering a proposal to give all commissioning decisions […]

Councils angry at government’s social care offer

Image copyright Getty Images Councils say it is “hugely disappointing” that the government has not given them extra money to tackle shortfalls in social care funding. Ministers will let local authorities bring forward council tax rises, and money cut from a housing scheme will be spent on social care instead. The government said it would […]

Report on patient deaths makes ‘devastating reading’ :: Healthwatch

13/12/16 Healthwatch England Chair responds to national review of NHS investigations into patient deaths. A national review by the Care Quality Commission published today has found that the NHS is missing opportunities to learn from patient deaths and that too many families are not being included or listened to when an investigation happens. The report […]

CNWL – Patient Reference Group

Central North West London NHS FT would like to invite service users / patient reps / Healthwatch members with an interest in and knowledge of CNWL NHS Foundation Trust to join the new CNWL Patient Reference Group. The meeting will take place on 20th December, 12-2pm in Pasteur meeting room at CNWL , Stephenson House, 75 […]

‘No solid evidence’ for IVF add-on success

Nearly all costly add-on treatments offered by UK fertility clinics to increase the chance of a birth through IVF are not supported by high-quality evidence proving that they work, a study has revealed. The findings are the result of research commissioned by BBC Panorama and conducted by Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, world experts […]

CQC monthly update for local Healthwatch

Read our latest bulletin   The independent regulator of health and social care in England Update Our monthly update for local Healthwatch November 2016 Faster improvements needed in how people are cared for when detained under the Mental Health Act, warns CQC CQC has found that there is a lot of good practice in how […]

Every Voice Matters – Healthwatch England Annual Report 2015-16

Healthwatch England 18/10/16 Over half a million people engaged with the Healthwatch network during the last year to seek advice about health and social care services, and share their experiences of using them. Published today, Every Voice Matters – our Annual Report to Parliament 2015-16, outlines how together we are putting people at the heart […]

CQC state of care

We call for greater involvement of people in decisions about their care 13/10/16 In response to the Care Quality Commission’s State of Care report, our Interim Chair, Jane Mordue, calls for the health and social care sector to meaningfully involve the public in decisions about health and social care. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today […]

Children’s mental health needs action

Children’s Commissioner 12.10.2016 Repots recently continue to detail the scale of mental health problems children today experience, spelling out the need for better help. It was reported that latest figures show almost a quarter of a million children and young people are receiving help from NHS mental health services, according to data from 60% of […]