The Government is investing £20billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.
The NHS wants locals to tell them how to spend it. Healthwatch was selected to lead on this engagement because we conduct patient-led research to improve outcomes in local health and social care services.
As part of this, we will conduct a series of case studies where will be talking to local residents and organisations about what they would do with this new funding to improve local NHS services and make care better for everyone.
Introducing Barbara, a Shepherd’s Bush resident who spearheads a partner organisation in Central West London. Barbara’s work empowers patients in her area to suggest the changes to local care services that will help to simplify their lives, which is why she is getting involved with Healthwatch Central West London‘s ‘What Would You Do?’ campaign.
Healthcare in Central and West London will only work if people get to have their say, stresses Barbara.
“We work with a wide range of service providers from the statutory and voluntary sectors. These include NHS organisations such as the Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group. This is an opportunity to share your experience about how serious health conditions can be prevented, how you or someone you care for can be better supported to achieve a good quality of life.”
People can share their views via an online survey and by speaking to Healthwatch directly. Questions focus on local services in the following areas: Cancer, Mental health, Dementia, Heart and lung conditions and learning disabilities and autism.
Barbara added: “It is important that we all have a say about how the new NHS funding will improve patient health and care over the next few years.”
We want to hear from as many people as possible about what works, what doesn’t and how they think local services should be improved.
Barbara’s project, Addison Group and Maternity Champions work with locals in Central West London to recognise the strengths and their potential to support healthier life choices. For more information about the work that they do, click here
Staff and volunteers from Healthwatch Central West London will be in attendance at 6 discussion groups across Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster where local people can share their views. Further details of these events will be announced very soon on social media and our website.
Please share your views in the online survey below and pass it on to friends and family to complete too.