Make Every Contact Count training

Healthwatch Portsmouth Volunteers, Board members and staff attended ‘Make Every Contact Count’ (MECC) training in November 2019. We are now receiving follow-up support from the course trainers to help us continue to engage with patients and the public in Portsmouth to understand how important it is to discuss behaviour change to help improve a person’s health and wellbeing. The purpose of MECC training is to learn how improve a person’s health and wellbeing by helping them to change their behaviour. The MECC training is designed to support any future interactions and conversations with patients and social care service users about their health and wellbeing and the services [...]

By |2021-03-02T11:07:37+00:0025 February, 2021|News|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth and Help & Care has won the Investors in Volunteers award!

We are delighted to share the amazing news that Healthwatch Portsmouth alongside Help & Care has achieved the Investors in Volunteers (IIV) award. We were assessed in 2020 by NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) against key standards including: volunteer involvement, commitment to our volunteers, communication, satisfaction and many more. Some of our strengths at Help & Care included: Our expressed commitment to the involvement of volunteers, and recognition throughout the organisation that volunteering is a two-way process which benefits volunteers and the organisation. Our strong commitment to ensuring that volunteers had their own needs met. Our help to fulfil their reasons for volunteering; considerable flexibility as [...]

By |2021-02-23T14:41:54+00:0023 February, 2021|News|0 Comments

Maternity services at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust go digital to transform care

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) has changed the way it delivers maternity care for women across Portsmouth and South East Hampshire with the implementation of a new digital system, Badgernet Maternity. From Monday 22 February, pregnant women will be able to access their personalised care plans online and via app. This also means that newly pregnant women will no longer need to go through their GP and instead self-refer online. Women are invited to download the My Maternity Notes app to access care plans, information leaflets, set up appointment reminders and send questions to their midwife for non-urgent support. This has been an ongoing project with [...]

By |2021-02-23T14:24:44+00:0023 February, 2021|News|0 Comments

Vaccinating unpaid carers

If you look after someone older or clinically vulnerable who couldn’t cope without your help you could be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine as one of the next priority groups. We're waiting to find out more details from government about how they're defining people in this group. But if you receive carers allowance or you're already registered with your GP as an unpaid carer then you will receive an invite to book a vaccination appointment. You don’t need to do anything now. If you don't receive this allowance or your GP doesn’t know that you have this role, then you can contact the Portsmouth carers centre to [...]

By |2021-02-23T12:55:22+00:0023 February, 2021|News|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth Board Meeting 11th March 2021 – Agenda

Please find the Agenda below for the next Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting in public. Agenda HWP Board Meeting 11th September 2021 The meeting will be held online, using MS Teams.  If you would like to attend please email and we will send you a link to attend the meeting online. You do not need to install MS Teams onto your device, you can use your internet browser but it is recommended that you do this using a laptop rather than a tablet or phone for ease of access.

By |2021-02-19T13:53:10+00:0019 February, 2021|News|0 Comments

What matters most to unpaid carers – final report

What Matters Most to unpaid carers –Portsmouth carers struggling to care for loved ones during the pandemic Read our February 2021 full report here. Read our recommendations here. Many people became unpaid carers overnight when lockdown was imposed, increasing their responsibilities to look after older, disabled or seriously ill loved ones and relatives instantly. In May 2020, Healthwatch Portsmouth worked in partnership with three local Healthwatch organisations (Hampshire, Southampton, and the Isle of Wight) to find out if people had been able to access the information, services and support they needed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey ran until July 2020 and collected people’s experiences of using [...]

By |2021-02-15T16:18:53+00:0015 February, 2021|News|0 Comments

Portsmouth Disability Forum

Portsmouth Disability Forum and HIVE Portsmouth are delighted to be in discussions about how they may develop the work of the Disability Forum going forward. Portsmouth Disability Forum have made the difficult decision to wind up the charity following several years of reduced funding against a background of increased costs. The Board of Trustees wanted to ensure that that the voice and needs of those who experience disability are heard and addressed and are working with HIVE Portsmouth, to seek ways of providing access and inclusion for all in the life of the local communities and city. Father Bob White, Chair of HIVE, said: ‘I am very [...]

By |2021-02-15T12:43:50+00:0015 February, 2021|News|0 Comments

Update on COVID-19 Vaccination programme in Portsmouth 14.09.21

UPDATE 13.09.21  The COVID-19 Vaccination update has been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care. See the latest update here. UPDATE: 14.9.21 people aged 12 to 15 to be offered COVID-19 vaccine People aged 12-15 in England will be offered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, starting from 20 September. Young people will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will be delivered via a schools-based vaccination programme, which is the successful model used for vaccinations including for HPV and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP). Alternative provision will be made for young people who are home schooled, in secure services or [...]

By |2021-09-14T13:32:07+01:009 February, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Update on patient access to NHS dental appointments – June 21

Here is the latest information that we have received from NHS England about patient access to NHS dental appointments in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. June ’21 update – Hanway Rd NHS dentist open, extra temporary capacity at London Rd being offered Healthwatch Portsmouth have just heard that the Smile Dental Care practice at 2, Hanway Road, Portsmouth PO1 4ND which  was due to open on 1st April 2021 is now open and is able to offer up to 21,500 ‘units of dental activity’ a year.    Delays in opening were due to problems the practice faced in delays to access a Care Quality Commission inspection  [...]

By |2021-06-14T15:15:15+01:009 February, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth celebrates Student Volunteering Week

At Healthwatch Portsmouth we know how valuable volunteering is to our organisation. When students volunteer, we can help them to develop skills that they will be able to use throughout their career and give them a taste of what a career in public health looks like. Did you know that a third of the UK’s student population volunteer, this could be for a range of reasons; to give back to their communities, as part of a work placement or to try out a new career. Student volunteering is a vital resource for many charities and businesses in the UK, students come from a range of ages and [...]

By |2021-01-26T17:00:39+00:008 February, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments