“Healthcare in Swindon will only work if people get to have their say” – urges Healthwatch volunteer Moya Pinson.
Moya is encouraging others to speak out as part of What Would You do? campaign led by independent health and social care champions Healthwatch Swindon, Healthwatch Wiltshire and Healthwatch Bath and North East Somerset.
What would you do? aims to encourage people in Swindon, Wiltshire and BANES to share their views about how extra money from the Government should be spent on local NHS services.
The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Local organisations are now being asked to explore how services could work better for people.
Moya said: “I am pleased that there is a stronger commitment to tackle smoking in the NHS Long Term Plan, and that they plan to link mental health services with support in schools. Too many children have been given detention in school for behaviour that is part of their condition.”
Moya Pinson is a member of her PPG forum at Ashington Way Surgery and she also supports the Carers Cuppa group which is very well attended at her GP surgery. She represents Healthwatch at local events and is supporting with gathering feedback from the homeless in Swindon.
Share your views
Now is the time to share your ideas and experiences to help make local services better for everyone in Swindon.
Give your feedback in this online survey: www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do-general
Healthwatch are particularly keen to hear your views on how services could be improved for older people and how you think GP surgeries can work more closely with other services, such as hospitals, pharmacies, mental health and social care, to improve care for people with long term conditions.
You can also tell them more about how care could be improved for people with long term conditions. If you have experience of cancer, heart and lung diseases, mental health, dementia, learning disability, autism, or a long term condition such as diabetes or arthritis, please go to www.healthwatch.co.uk/tell-us-what-would-you-do to tell them what you think. All responses are anonymous.
Carol Willis, Manager at Healthwatch Swindon, said: “It is really important that we hear people’s opinions on the NHS Long Term Plan. This is a your chance to get your voice heard, influence priorities and say how the plan should be delivered to improve NHS Services in Swindon.”
“The survey is quick and easy to complete, the more people we hear from the better! Sharing your opinions and experiences is really important and could really make a difference.”
Talk to us
Healthwatch Swindon will also be out and about across the town, so please come and chat to them.
For more information about the What would you do? campaign, including more views from local people on what they would like to improve, visit the website: https://www.healthwatchswindon.org.uk/home
Join the conversation at #WhatWouldYouDo