9 February 2018

CAMHS Consultation

The Government have published a green paper laying out their plans for Children’s Mental Health Services. They are asking for your views – if you have something to say please use this as your opportunity to speak up.

26 January 2018

Joined Up Action Needed To Ease Winter Pressures

Healthwatch Derbyshire CEO calls for a holistic approach to health and social care to avoid a reoccurrence of winter pressure related issues in future years.

12 January 2018

STOP! I have a learning disability

We teamed up with the county's Good Health Group to better support individuals with learning disabilities.

5 January 2018

Action Taken to Improve Care for Patients with Substance Misuse Needs

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT (DHFT) have teamed up with Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS FT (CHFT) to improve services for patients with a substance misuse need following a report issued by Healthwatch Derbyshire.

1 January 2018

Healthwatch Derbyshire reveals local people’s health priorities for 2018 and urges them to share their stories

Karen Ritchie, Chief Executive of independent consumer champion Healthwatch Derbyshire, reveals local people’s health and social care priorities for 2018 and urges them to share their stories as part of the national #SpeakUp initiative in a bid to improve services for all.

28 December 2017

Dementia Carers

The message that is coming over loud and clear so far is that, although there are many organisations across the county that can help carers, it appears that the quality of services and support from both the statutory and voluntary sectors can be patchy.

1 October 2017

Better Integration Needed of Frontline Services

John Simmons, a director at independent health and social care watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire, questions whether the political commitment to better integrate health and social services is translating into improving frontline services for people in the county. Much has been said over the past few years about the need to better integrate health and adult care […]

18 September 2017

Lessons To Be Learnt On Public Information About Future Healthcare

One of the main aims of the NHS over the next few years is to re-focus the support it offers for people suffering ill-health. Care and treatment will be increasingly provided in people’s own homes and in their own communities rather than in hospital or long-term residential care.  This transition has been the subject of […]

30 July 2017

Get involved and help shape the future of health and care in Derbyshire.

30/07/2017 Update via Karen Ritchie, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Derbyshire – the county’s independent health and social care watchdog. Over the next few weeks and months we will be getting out and about to encourage people to join in a conversation on the proposed ideas set out for the future of Derbyshire’s health and care. […]

21 July 2017

Engagement Service Gives Local People Greater Say In Mental Health Services

Healthwatch Derbyshire, the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Derbyshire, has been appointed to ensure that people who use mental health services and their carers are given a greater voice in how health and social care services are run, and changed.

29 June 2017

Have Your Say On Dementia Care And Support

As the number of people living with dementia grows, the impact it has on those living with the progressive disorder and on their friends and family, has become an increasingly common talking point. Furthermore how the health and social care system plans to deal with the effects of this rise, both in terms of cost […]

5 June 2017

Volunteers Appeal

We're appealing for more local people to get involved in our activities across the county.

23 May 2017

Mental Health Service Receiver and Carer Engagement Service

Healthwatch Derbyshire (HWD) has secured the contract to run the service, and this will take effect from 1st July, 2017.

23 May 2017

Final Enter & View Tri-annual Summary Report

Healthwatch Derbyshire has carried out the final stage in its programme of unannounced visits to all Derbyshire County Council-run care homes.

4 May 2017

Postponement of Derbyshire STP Events

Update via Southern Derbyshire CCG It is unfortunate that the first of a series of events planned for May and June has had to be cancelled following the announcement of the forthcoming general election 8 June. In the days following the announcement NHS England issued Cabinet Office guidance, clearly outlining what was expected and permitted […]

1 March 2017

Ensuring That Health and Social Care Information is Fit For Purpose

We are currently finding out from local people with sensory impairments such as hearing and/or sight difficulties, whether the information available from health and social care services in the county are fit for purpose.

10 February 2017

Burton & Derby Hospitals Collaboration Update

A route to high quality sustainable services.

11 January 2017

Dementia friendly movie matinee screenings in Erewash in 2017

A series of dementia friendly movie screenings are coming to Long Eaton in 2017, available to those living with dementia and their families.

10 January 2017

Disability Reps to Join Care Monitors

Health & social care patient watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire has teamed up with national charity MacIntyre to launch a pilot programme involving people with learning disabilities taking part in unannounced visits to 4 specialist care homes that provide support for people with learning disabilities

9 January 2017

Collaboration between Burton Hospitals and Derby Teaching Hospitals

Update on collaboration between Burton Hospitals and Derby Teaching Hospitals Over the past few months we have been exploring opportunities to further develop the existing partnership between Burton Hospitals and Derby Teaching Hospitals to help better meet the challenges we face and to improve care for people in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. This week, our Boards […]

13 December 2016

NHS ‘fails to learn from fatal errors’

Patients are dying because of a “defensive wall” over fatal errors in the NHS, a watchdog has said.

12 December 2016

Amber Valley residents invited to talk about local health services with NHS leaders

Amber Valley residents are invited to join local NHS leaders to discuss the future shape of health services in the area, at a public meeting on Thursday 15 December at 2pm at Belper Town Football Club, Christchurch Meadow, Bridge Street, Belper, DE56 1BA.

21 November 2016

Healthwatch Derbyshire Appeals For Public To Have a Say in Future of Health and Social Care Services

Health watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire has appealed to local leaders of the recently published Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP) to ensure there is meaningful opportunity for patients and the public to have their say about the proposed changes.

14 November 2016

Self Care Week 2016

Self care means knowing how to keep fit and healthy, how to deal with medicines appropriately, manage self-treatable conditions and when to seek appropriate clinical help.

4 November 2016

GP Patient Online Services Report

Healthwatch Derbyshire looked in detail at public awareness of, and access to, online services that are currently being offered.

2 November 2016

STP leads have ‘duty to talk with the public’

Healthwatch warns “sense of fear” among policymakers risks leaving public consultations until the “very end” of the STP process Chair warns public is at risk of “feeling betrayed” over lack of engagement Healthwatch has previously said the speed of the STP process “has been a challenge”

17 October 2016

First Independent Visits Carried out at County Council Care Homes

Healthwatch Derbyshire has carried out the first stage in its programme of unannounced visits to all Derbyshire County Council-run care homes.

6 October 2016

Duty of Candour

The legal duty to be open and honest when things go wrong. What it means for their patient. Duty of Candour

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