Healthwatch England responds to plan to get general practice back on its feet

21/04/16 Today, NHS England revealed its plans to fund an additional £2.4 billion per year for GP services by 2020/21 to help improve patient care and access. The ‘General Practice Forward View’ includes practical steps to support GP services by boosting staffing numbers, reducing inefficiencies, improving the use of technology and changing the way care […]

Healthwatch England help NHS England develop its latest Quick Guides

Transforming urgent and emergency care services in England NHS England and partners have published a series of quick guides to support local health and care systems. The guides provide practical tips, case studies and links to useful documents, which can be used to implement solutions to commonly experienced issues. Use the information to manage upcoming […]

Hillingdon staff offer mental health advice to Heathrow’s homeless

6 April 2016 Four members of staff from our mental health services in Hillingdon recently joined local police and security staff from Heathrow Airport to talk to homeless people to give them advice on mental health difficulties and to help signpost them to services which can provide them with support if needed. Approximately 80 – […]

Britain’s Pensioner Care Scandal

Last night (4th April 2016), Channel 4 Dispatches aired it’s investigation into the home care services received by some of Britain’s most vulnerable pensioners. The program highlighted a number of stories of inadequate care provided by agencies across the country and featured Hillingdon resident, Mrs Edith James. It told of how her carers frequently arrived […]


Healthwatch Hillingdon regret to announce that Jeff Maslen will be stepping down as Chairman and Board Member on 31st March 2016, to take up a new role on the Board of Healthwatch Milton Keynes. As Chairman, and founding member of the Board, Jeff has been at Healthwatch Hillingdon from its inception. Through his leadership, dedication […]

Hillingdon health watchdog concerned for vulnerable mums-to-be in light of national report

Updated 07:03, 7 Mar 2016, By Katherine Clementine Get West London National Maternity Review suggests mums-to-be should be given a personal budget of £3,000 each, but Healthwatch Hillingdon are concerned for the disadvantaged making this choice Hillingdon ‘s health watchdog has shared their concern for vulnerable mothers-to-be in light of a report which suggests pregnant women […]

Showcasing on our work with children and young people

Our CEO, Graham Hawkes,  presented on the work we have been doing on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing at the Healthwatch England Service Change conference last Monday, 7th March 2016. The event was attended by over 100 people from across Healthwatch and the NHS and looked at how good public engagement can result in better services. Here […]

Healthwatch Hillingdon’s response to NHS England’s National Maternity Review:

The National Maternity Review was commissioned by NHS England, following the Morecambe Bay Investigation  into the serious failures of clinical care in the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital. The review chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege primarily outlines the importance of women being able to make choices about their maternity care, and providing a safe […]

New films dispel myths on self-harm

YoungMinds, The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and The Royal College of Psychiatrists have launched No Harm Done – a series of three short films about self-harm based on the experiences of young people, parents and professionals. The films provide hope and give practical support to those affected by self-harm, and counteract the negative and frightening […]