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 excited that we are able to develop the important work done by Portsmouth Disability Forum and to integrate that work and voice within our wider discussions and activity as the HIVE Portsmouth.

‘This development recognises the importance of all in our society having a sense of being included and valued. As a city we pride ourselves on our strong sense of community and care and this new partnership will enhance that. It is a tribute to the work of the Forum that they have grown to this position and can now take the next […]

15 February, 2021|

Update on COVID-19 Vaccination programme in Portsmouth 25.02.21

UPDATE 26.02.21

Solent NHS trust has now opened up a walk-in vaccination centre at St James’ Hospital,

This is for any of the following who would like to have a COVID vaccination:

  • Aged 64+
  • Is receipt of a Carer’s Allowance * and the
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable by bringing proof of ID/eligibility

Patients do not need to make an appointment (via NHS telephone, GP or online booking scheme) A trial period of offering non-appointment based vaccinations is being organised for 7 days.

More information can be found here.

All people on learning disabilities register in England to be invited for COVID vaccine

Care minister confirms move up priority list after advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

People who are on a GP register for learning disabilities will now be prioritised for a coronavirus vaccination in England, following updated advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Helen Whately, the care minister, said those registered would be invited for vaccination to ensure people at higher risk of the disease were […]

9 February, 2021|

Update on patient access to NHS dental appointments – Feb 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.

Update on NHS dental services Feb 21 in Hants and Isle of Wight


Healthwatch England have published a report to summarise the feedback it has received from local Healthwatch (including Healthwatch Portsmouth) about the problems people have been facing in accessing NHS dental appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthwatch England was mentioned in the news headlines on Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday 8th February.  Healthwatch England’s report was highlighted in the bulletin.

You can read the Healthwatch England briefing and report here

9 February, 2021|

Healthwatch Portsmouth is supporting LGBT+ History Month

Throughout February we are celebrating LGBT+ History month. The purpose of LGBT+ History Month is to celebrate LGBT+ people in all their diversity, and in doing so, educate against prejudice.

The purpose of LGBT+ History Month is to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, the LGBT+ community while celebrating its achievements and diversity and making it more visible. The LGBT+ community have made significant contributions to society, but there have been times where the community has been persecuted and discriminated against, rather than celebrated for their achievements. We want to shine a light on those achievements as representation and visibility matters.

This February we will be demonstrating how far the LGBT+ community has come, but also how far it has yet to go as full equality has not yet been reached.

Find out more below about the LGBT+ Community.

Covid-19 and LGBT+ Communities

These are unprecedented times. We are all doing our best to stay safe and keep our mental & physical health in check and protect our wellbeing.

Sadly, the LGBT+ Community is disproportionately affected by the current pandemic,

2 February, 2021|

Find new ways to express yourself this Children’s Mental Health Week

Children and young people are being encouraged to explore different ways of expressing themselves for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (1-7 February).

Run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, Children’s Mental Health Week highlights the importance of looking after your wellbeing from an early age. This year’s theme is all about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography, and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

But it is important to remember that expressing yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

Place2Be, which supplies counselling and mental health support and training in schools, believes that children should not have to face mental health problems alone, and highlights:

  • Around three children in every primary school class have experienced a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. 
1 February, 2021|

NHSE Clinical Standards Review – National Consultation

Healthwatch Portsmouth informed the Board meeting in public in December of the outcome of the Urgent and Emergency Care Standards pilot that we contributed community based research to (along with 5 other local Healthwatch) in late 2019.

This was in follow-up to an NHS England ‘Clinically-led Review of NHS Access Standards for urgent and emergency care’ that took place earlier in 2019. NHS England considered the patient feedback we gathered then produced draft proposals that would be nationally applied to Hospital Trusts providing Accident and Emergency Care. NHS England launched on 16th December a national consultation on the proposed standards which now closes at the end of February so there is still time to have your say.

NHS England are recommending replacing the current 4 hour wait target for accessing A&E with measures which include:

  • Less than 15 minute target to initial assessment for all patients – which must be a meaningful clinical assessment
  • Less than 1 hour target for treating the most sick patients – i.e. heart attacks, strokes, sepsis etc
  • Separating out the average waiting times for admitted and non-admitted patients so people have a better idea of how long they may have to individually […]
27 January, 2021|