Read the March 2017 bulletin

This issue contains: 

  • Opportunities For Involvement And Engagement
  • Avon Mental Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice Group 
  • Healthwatch South Gloucestershire update

Local Information

  • South Glos Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • Building Independent Lives Together
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) 
  • Appointment of a new Chief Executive for the three CCGs of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire 
  • South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group: Gluten Free food prescription consultation
  • Healthwatch South Gloucestershire Engagements
  • New Models of Care Conference 27 March 10am to 4pm, The Vassall Centre
  • Think Local Act Personal - Moving Forward with Personalisation, Tuesday 14 March 10am to 4pm, Aztec Conference Centre
  • Dementia – it’s your business, Wednesday 15 March 9.30 to 11.30am, The Park Centre, Kingswood
  • South Glos Children Adults and Health Department - Shaping our Market Position Statement (MPS) - Consultation event
    20 March 10am – 1pm Council Chamber, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood
  • Disability Hate Crime Workshop, Friday 17 March: 12.15pm -1.45pm, Kingswood Civic Centre 
     

Training

  • Self Injury Support workshops


Read the February 2017 bulletin

This issue contains: 

  • Opportunities For Involvement And Engagement
  • Avon Mental Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice Group 
  • Healthwatch South Gloucestershire update
Local Information
  • Building Health Partnerships - ‘Health and care: collaboration making a difference to people’s lives event’
  • NHS England launches national review of the Accessible Information Standard
  • Opportunity join system-wide involvement panel 
  • South Gloucestershire voluntary and community and social enterprise sector conference Friday 10 February, 9.30am-4pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
  • South Gloucestershire Disability Equality Network (SGDEN) AGM 14 February, 10.30am-2pm
  • Save the date: New models of care conference 27 March, 10am-4pm
  • Patient Support group, Patient Information Service, Bristol Eye Hospital 18 April
  • Learning Difficulties Development Fund 2017/18
  • Member Awarded Funding
  • Invitation for applications to join voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Health and Well-being Alliance
  • ‘Making the difference’ - The fifth annual Care Awards 
Training
  • Creative Arts courses 
    Tuesdays from 16 January 6.30pm-8.00pm, Patchway Library
    Fridays from 20 January 10.30am-12pm, Staple Hill Library
  • Creative Café - welcoming older people and those with memory loss 
    Tuesdays from 16 January at 1.30–3pm Patchway Library
    Fridays from 20 January at 1.30pm–3pm at Staple Hill Library

Read the January 2017 bulletin

this issue contains: 

  • Healthwatch update: End of Life Research 
  • NHS Winter survey
  • Domiciliary Care issues

Local Information

  • Diversity Trust report raises concerns about access for LGBT+ people
  • New contracts for patient transport services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
  • Government launches Communities Fund
  • Sirona wins children’s community health service
  • South Gloucestershire Diabetes Prevention Pilot
  • Campaign Against Sepsis
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Week
  • Low Cost Computer Scheme
  • CCG revamps online engagement hub
  • South Gloucestershire Annual Voluntary and Community and Social Enterprise Sector Conference 2017
  • Healthwatch South Gloucestershire Open Meeting
  • Consultation on child sexual exploitation service
  • Dementia Advisers and Community Falls Services reflect views of civil society
  • Consultation on Safer and Stronger Community Partnership
  • Consultation on new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence proposals for public engagement
  • Consultation on five service specifications for CAMHS Tier Four

Training

  • Fundraising Training for groups

National Information

  • The conversation about obesity remains confused
  • Local government finance settlement allows councils to raise taxes to pay for social care

Read the December bulletin

this issue contains: 

  • Healthwatch update: Healthwatch makes links with prisoners at mental health event
  • NHS Winter Project: Give a Gift to the NHS this Christmas
  • Urgent Care and Community Pharmacies Event
    Tuesday 13 December, 10am – 12pm at Poole Court, Yate
  • Exercise leaflet for care home residents
  • Enter and View visits November
  • Healthwatch Advisory group meeting Thursday 15 December
  • Event: Safer and Stronger Communities Strategic Partnership meeting 20 January
  • Fuller plans for Sustainability and Transformation Plans Unveiled
  • Right Care First Time
  • Cold Weather Plan for South Gloucestershire 
  • Report from Local Children’s Safeguarding Board - 21 October 
  • GP services online
  • Quarter of chemists in Avon could close
  • National Autistic Society (NAS) -  Too Much Information TMI) Campaign
  • South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group unveil primary care strategy
  • Rheumatology Services: have your say
  • AWP welcomes new Trust chair
  • South West Forum (SWF) surveys organisations working in Health and Social Care
  • Mental / Emotional Wellbeing activities training
  • Fundraising Training for groups
  • National Audit Office expresses concern at financial state of NHS
  • Cuts to Care Quality Commission


Read the November bulletin

This issue contains:   

  • Healthwatch update: Report: Understanding access to dental services 
  • We want to hear your views: Safeguarding Adults process and end of life care
  • Update: Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Local Information

  • School transport: A guide for parents in England
  • New Special Educational Needs (SEN) factsheets
  • Keep in touch with the Wellbeing College on Twitter
  • South Gloucestershire Disability Equality Network (DEN)
  • Healthy Living Pharmacy opens in Yate
  • British Lung Foundation Breath Test
  • Take the autism survey
  • Consultations
  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy 
  • Community based support services
  • Update: South Gloucestershire library review
  • Commissioning intentions for health: your feedback

Events

  • Creative café for older people and those with memory loss
  • Creative arts courses

Funding

  • Member Awarded Funding launched
  • South Gloucestershire Learning Difficulties Development Fund 

Read the October bulletin

This issue contains:   

  • The Care Forum’s Voluntary Sector Service: Voluntary sector representative sought for Safeguarding Children Practitioners’ Board

Local Information

  • Mental Health Carers Group - Expression of Interest 
  • First Contact scheme
  • Dementia Advisers Launched across South Gloucestershire
  • Britain’s Best Breakfast: Carers Support Centre 

Events

  • Great Minds – Celebrating Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing Event
    10 October 1pm - 4pm
  • Invitation to a Preview Briefing for Professionals and Influencers
    21 October 12.00 - 1.30pm
  • Living Well with Dementia roadshows 2016/17
  • Caring Together; an integrated approach to carer health and wellbeing
    12 October 10.00am – 4.00pm Swindon
  • The South West Academic Health Science Network conference - Sharing Best Practice
    30 November 9am to 4.30pm, Exeter Racecourse

Training

  • Stop Disability Hate Crime Event
    12 October 12 noon – 4.30pm The Vassall Centre
  • Responding to disclosures of Rape and/or Sexual Abuse
    14 November, 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Creative Arts Courses and Creative Café

Read the September bulletin

  • The Care Forum’s Voluntary Sector Service
  • Health, social care and wellbeing network event
    14 September, 10am - 3pm made up of two sessions: 10am – 12pm: Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and 1pm - 3pm: Five Year Forward View for Mental Health
  • Save – the date - ‘Better Connected’ event
    29 November
  • Would you like to represent the voluntary sector?
  • Healthwatch Update: Oral hygiene and access to dental services by adults with learning disabilities
  • Update: Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Local Information

  • Survive - now taking referrals for Back on Track 11 to 17 and the children and young people’s outreach service
  • New partnership to deliver children’s community health services
  • People in the west wanted to try out two new healthcare innovations
  • The Diversity Trust summer newsletter
  • Meeting for parents and carers of autistic adults living in South Gloucestershire
    Thursday 8 September 2016, 10am - 12pm 
  • South Gloucestershire Disability Action Group Annual General Meeting
    Monday 12 September, 2pm
  • National Autistic Society Avon Branch Annual General Meeting
    Tuesday 20 September
  • Autism awareness training programme 2016/17

Read the August bulletin

  • Accessing health and social care services by the D/deaf, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing communities
  • CQC rates Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre Bristol as Good
  • Public health and wellbeing review
  • Report from South Gloucestershire Local Safeguarding Children’s Board - Friday 8 July

 Read the July bulletin

This issue contains:   

  • Healthwatch South Gloucestershire open public meeting – primary care Wednesday 27 July 2 - 4pm
  • Healthwatch update: Quarter two theme: Mental health
  • Cossham hospital visit report
  • Sharing learning and experience across the region
  • Help to represent the public voice as a Healthwatch volunteer 
  • NHS South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) newsletter
  • The Care Forum update
  • New partnership to submit proposal for children’s community health services
  • Oral health promotion strategy 2016-21 - a joint consultation between Bristol, North Somerset, B&NES and South Gloucestershire
  • South Gloucestershire’s First Contact scheme
  • South Gloucestershire Child Injury Prevention newsletter
  • New Dementia guide to services 
  • Summer news from The Vassall Centre 
  • South Gloucestershire Council launches new Community Engagement Forums
  • Community grants consultation


Training

  • Mental health and human rights learning event 
    Wednesday 21 September 
  • Multi-agency autism training programme 2016/17