New GP data-sharing system delayed – our response

We have joined forces with leading patient groups to respond to the Government’s plans around GP data sharing. NHS Digital have recently announced plans to allow an NHS system to extract patient data from doctors’ surgeries in England. The new data-sharing system was due to start in July but has now been pushed back to … Read More

Carers Passport Survey

Adult Social Care and the NHS in the North West are doing some research about carers’ ID cards or carers’ ‘passports’ and they want to hear what carers think. The idea behind a carer’s passport is that it officially verifies that someone is a carer, but it should also come … Read More

Twin crisis of access and affordability calls for radical rethink of NHS dentistry

Healthwatch England warns dental crisis shows no signs of slowing, with four in five people, 80%, struggling to access timely care during the last lockdown     NHS dental charges causing public concern as 61% say they are expensive   People on low incomes, those living in the North East and people from ethnic minority groups hardest hit by twin … Read More

Come and Join the conversation!

Join other young people involved with StreetGames projects across the UK to share your thoughts and experiences on a series of different topics to inspire and inform StreetGames’ network of organisations, partners, funders and decision makers as part of StreetGames’ Virtual Conference 2021. What’s involved? 45 minute online informal conversation, … Read More

Carers Week: Making caring visible and valued

Carers Week, which runs from 7th to 13th June, is an annual campaign that recognises the vital contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers – carers are children or young people who support their siblings or parents, older people caring for a family member or partner, or neighbours and friends who … Read More

Bring your voice to NHS specialised services

NHS England and NHS Improvement is recruiting to a range of Patient Public Voice (PPV) partner roles on groups with responsibility for the commissioning of specialised services.   For full details of the roles and how to apply, visit this web page: https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/get-involved/opportunities/specialised-commissioning-patient-and-public-voice-ppv-roles/ These PPV roles offer a chance to have real impact in supporting the commissioning of specialised services across England. These services … Read More

Living well with bowel cancer event

Bowel Cancer UK free virtual information and support event is for anyone affected by bowel cancer. Saturday 19 June 2021 10.30am – 2pm Patients will hear about how to cope with their cancer diagnosis, livebetter with the disease and managing the side effects of treatment.It’s an opportunity to also hear … Read More

Assisted Conception and Fertility Treatment Services Review

Have your say in shaping the future of assisted conception and fertility treatment services across Greater Manchester People in Greater Manchester are being asked to share their experiences and views about assisted conception and fertility treatment services to help shape the future of the service. Commissioners across Greater Manchester want … Read More

New research exploring vaccination confidence provides vital lessons for public health campaigns.

Healthwatch England has joined forces with Traverse to explore vaccination confidence among people from African, Bangladeshi, Caribbean and Pakistani backgrounds living in the UK. It is well documented that there’s lower vaccine confidence to COVID-19 vaccines among some ethnic minority communities living in the UK. This evidence follows a historical trend of lower vaccine uptake in areas with a … Read More

‘IT’S BEST TO TEST’ – rapid testing

Many people with Covid-19 have mild, or even no symptoms, but can still spread the virus. With regular self-testing we can slow the spread, help protect the most vulnerable in our families and communities and start to get back on our feet. Previously, rapid testing focused on essential workers and … Read More