09.04.2019

Citizen Ambassador Blog – Are carers putting their own care on hold?

Teresa Lane, Citizen Ambassador – Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programme I was reading recently that 12% of the UK’s population provided some form of unpaid care last year and that unpaid carers save British taxpayers £139…

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25.03.2019

Citizen Ambassadors – the first 12 months

It is now 12 months since Healthwatch Surrey recruited seven Citizen Ambassadors (CAs) with the express purpose of playing “a full and active part” in the “transformation programme in health and social care”.  In practice…

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21.01.2019

Digital information flow vital for better delivery of health and social care

My name is Lawrence Nichols and I am the Citizen Ambassador working with the Surrey Heartlands Digital programme.  My previous working life has been spent in IT providing financial services, and so when I started…

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15.01.2019

NHS Long term Plan

The NHS has written a Long Term Plan so it can be fit for the future and is based on the experiences of patients and staff. Published on 7 January 2019, the NHS Long Term…

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14.01.2019

Award-winning mental health drama ‘Antelope’ released online

The award-winning ‘Antelope’ was based on writer/director Ben Grace’s experiences of mental health and stigmas surrounding a mental health diagnosis after being sectioned at Antelope House, a PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) in Southampton. Ben…

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11.01.2019

Mental health themed drama Antelope released online

The award-winning ‘Antelope’ was based on writer/director Ben Grace’s experiences of mental health and stigmas surrounding a mental health diagnosis after being sectioned at Antelope House, a PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) in Southampton. Ben…

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24.12.2018

Adult Inpatient Survey 2018

CQC are currently surveying patients aged 16 and above who had at least one overnight stay in hospital during July 2018. Since the end of August all 145 acute trusts have sent approx. 180,000 questionnaires…

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21.12.2018

‘How we can help Young Carers’

Are you a Young Person who helps look after someone and you are between the age of 16-25? If so, please see details below of two events where you can let us know how we…

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18.12.2018

The Big Picture – Staines Engagement

The Clinical Commissioning Groups really want to get your feedback and thoughts in interactive workshops where they’ll be discussing: What changes to urgent care could mean for you and those around you – your friends,…

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14.12.2018

My experience helping people speak up about health and social care

Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership has been working with Healthwatch Surrey to create a programme of Citizen Ambassadors as a way to reach out to more people in the community. The NHS in Surrey,…

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