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Healthwatch giving people a voice in Nottinghamshire

Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group often works with Healthwatch Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to gain greater insight into the views of people across Bassetlaw in relation to their experiences of health services.

Healthwatch are the local independent patient and public champion who hold local health and care leaders to account for providing excellent care by making sure they communicate and engage with local people.  Healthwatch gather and represent the views of those who use health and social care services, particularly those whose voice is not often listened to and then use this information to make recommendations to those who have the power to make change happen.

Below is a summary of people and organisations Healthwatch Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have been working with recently, as an example of the excellent partnership work they lead.

Oasis Project Workshop: Healthwatch met Pastor Steve Williams of the Project and discussed engaging with several groups within the Centre including The Memory Café, The Edge (a point for men in crisis) and the Lifeline Projects to support men facing various crisis situations in their lives, such as unemployment, mental health issues and support for armed forces veterans.

Dukeries Memory Group:  Healthwatch met with this group who support people dealing with the effects of dementia and their families. An interesting discussion took place about the barriers faced by members of this group in accessing GP and other health care services and access to dental care during the pandemic.

MHA Communities:  Healthwatch met with MHA, a group providing care and friendship to older people in Bassetlaw, and looking to tackle the serious issues of loneliness and isolation. An interesting discussion took place about how older people were coping during the pandemic and how the service was continuing to provide the care and support needed during this difficult period.

Centre Place:  Healthwatch joined Centre Place to discuss the issues facing young people aged from 11-25 who identify as LGBT+ .

Valley Youth Centre:  Healthwatch visited the centre to speak to young people about their health experiences challenges that they face in accessing health provision that meets their needs. The young people very articulately and thoughtfully discussed the difficulties in accessing available mental health support and sexual health advice.

For more information about Healthwatch Nottingham and Nottinghamshire go to https://hwnn.co.uk/