Local Healthwatch (which came into being on April 1st), is a new watchdog organisation set up as part of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, to hold health and care services to account. To be effective & to ensure that local services meet needs, they need your support and are asking that voluntary and community organisations to sign up to supporting your local Healthwatch via the following Healthwatch website. Organisations have until the end of May to sign up.
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FEDS Kirklees is a carers’ support group, which also raises awareness of eating disorders with the ultimate goal of improving services in Kirklees and Calderdale. They are encouraging anyone who has experienced health care in the last 3 years, either as a patient or as a carer or friend of someone else, to visit the Patients Opinion website. This independent site has been set up to gather experiences of UK health services, good or bad, and then pass them on to the right people to make a difference.
Are you slowly losing your eyesight and increasingly finding it difficult to go out without someone accompanying you for support? The Kirklees Visual Impairment Network has received funding to undertake a project to evaluate the use of technology with a number of visually impaired people in Kirklees. Over a period of weeks and months, with the assistance of a sighted volunteer and a visually impaired person both trained up to use the latest technology, you will be shown and guided how to make routes to your favourite destinations , and if necessary, record features and landmarks to assist you along the way. More info can be found in this KVIN Trekker poster. To get involved contact David Quarmby on 07736087019 or email email@example.com.
NHS Kirklees is currently in the process of raising awareness about NHS Continuing Healthcare – Introduction of deadlines for requests for assessments of eligibility for cases during the period 1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012. NHS CHC is care provided over an extended period of time to meet physical or mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, accident or illness. NHS CHC funding is only provided where an individual has a primary health need and requires long term healthcare, as opposed to social or residential care. They are asking for individuals or their representatives to notify NHS Kirklees in respect of previously un-assessed periods of time where there is evidence that they should have been assessed for eligibility for NHS CHC funding. Full details can be found via the NHS Kirklees website.
Unite have launched a new ‘Save Our NHS’ campaign amidst fears that the NHS will be privatised by the current coalition Government. The Union is appealing for their members and non members alike to help spread the word, share their stories, and write to their local MPs. To find out how you can get involved, visit the Unite website.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is setting up new independent advisory committees to develop quality standards for the treatment and prevention of different diseases and conditions and provision of social care. Lay members are required to play a key role in making sure that the views, experiences and interests of those who use NHS and social care services inform the development of quality standards and their recommendations to the NHS and social care providers. Full details about this opportunity and how to apply can be found via the NHS Nice website. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 27th February (5pm).
The South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s current Member’s Council terms of office is due to come to an end on Tuesday 30th April 2013. Elections will be held to fill vacancies in all four districts (Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield). This letter has been released detailing the role of the Member’s Council and how members can nominate for the forthcoming election. The deadline for receipt of nominations will be noon on Monday 11 March 2013. The elections will start on Monday 1st April 2013 and close at noon on Monday 29 April 2013. Further information can also be found via the South West Yorkshire Partnership website.
As part of the ongoing Calderdale and Huddersfield Health and Social Care Strategic Review, a new survey has been created online to assess where people go when they feel unwell. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and will improve understanding of how services should be planned in the future. To complete the survey, click the following link – http://win01.chtnhs.org.uk/webforms and use the password CHUP. More details about the survey can be found in this document.
As part of the Meeting The Challenge programme, NHS Calderdale, Kirklees & Wakefield district are looking to gather feedback from anyone that has had (in the last three months) or is awaiting an outpatient appointment at Dewsbury, Pontefract or Pinderfields Hospitals. The programme’s aim is to track a patient’s journey through the outpatient service at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and to identify areas for improvement. To get involved, contact Helen Butters on 01924 317644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of January.
Heart Research UK and SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities. The grants are a result of the partnership between the two organisations and in-store fundraising throughout the SUBWAY regions. Full details, information how to apply, and application guidelines can be found at this website. The application period in the Yorkshire region will open on Monday 1 st October and close on Wednesday 31st October 2012.