Contacting the Care Quality Commission (CQC) if deaf or hard of hearing

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is particularly keen to hear from deaf and hard of hearing people about their experiences and has teamed up with Disability Rights UK to help make this easier, they have various ways of contacting them by utilising forms, British Sign Language (BSL),  Sign Live and Text relay. Local people are being encouraged to share their thoughts on the standards of care they receive at GPs, dentists, hospitals and care homes, with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

All of the information on how to use these services can be found on the link below.

Get help contacting us if you’re deaf or hard of hearing – Care Quality Commission (

4 August, 2022|

NHS New Statutory Guidance for Working in Partnership with People and Communities

The NHS have recently published new statutory guidance on working in partnership with people and communities

For the first time a single piece of guidance supports both NHS commissioners and providers to meet their public involvement legal duties,  and to work with people and communities to meet the wider objectives of integration, including the new ‘triple aim’ duty, population health management, addressing health inequalities and improving quality of services.

The guidance is based on ten principles, which will apply as a golden thread of best practice, whether activity takes place within neighbourhoods, towns/cities, across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, or nationally.  The principles will  help health and care organisations to develop their way of working with people and communities, based on local circumstances and population health needs.

A new indicator on how Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) work with people and communities, as part of the 2022/23 health system oversight framework is also being designed to help with future activity planning.

NHS England » Working in partnership with people and communities

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4 August, 2022|

New Support Group for Men Survey

Before and during the Covid pandemic, the Good Mental Health Coop has been delivering courses, workshops and activities which focus on creativity and physical exercise to benefit our emotional resilience and overall mental health. We want to build on this and offer a new support group specifically for men, starting in September at the Buckland United Reformed Church. Your feedback would be really helpful to find out what kinds of activities you’ve found have worked well for your mental health and wellbeing.

Please do fill in this short survey which is anonymous, unless you’d like to be contacted.

2 August, 2022|

All Over-50’s to be offered Covid-19 booster and flu jab this autumn.

Everyone aged 50 and over will be among those offered a COVID-19 booster and a flu jab this autumn under plans to increase protection against respiratory viruses ahead of winter.


On COVID-19 boosters, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now published its final recommendations for this autumn’s programme.
Under the advice, those eligible for a further dose will be:

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • Frontline health and social care workers*
  • All adults aged 50 and over
  • Those aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group, including pregnant women
  • Those aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • Those aged 16 to 49 years who are carers

The additional groups set to be offered the free flu vaccine in England will be:

  • All adults aged 50 to 64 years
  • Secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9, who will be offered the vaccine in order of school year (starting with the youngest first)

The NHS will announce in due course when and how eligible groups will be able to book an appointment for their COVID-19 autumn booster, […]

28 July, 2022|

Volunteers Tea Party

Healthwatch Portsmouth are so grateful to our volunteers, we really couldn’t work without them, so to say thank you, we recently had a wonderful tea party with a spot of crazy golf. It was very much enjoyed by all, and the weather was beautiful.

25 July, 2022|