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August '17 Newsletter

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Healthwatch North Yorkshire August Newsletter Update

Welcome to our monthly newsletter update, bringing you the latest in news and developments in Health and Social care across North Yorkshire
Public Health England
Resources from the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health Programme to help local areas with prevention planning arrangements...
Find out more here.
Plans to improve NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment processes
NHS England has published plans to improve of NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) pathways and processes, as part of the NHS contribution to the reduction of delayed transfers of care. Find out more here.

Health matters: making cervical screening more accessible:
Attendance for cervical screening has been falling year on year. This professional resource aims to address this decline in attendance by presenting recommendations that can help increase access to screening and awareness of cervical cancer. Find out more here. 
The King’s Fund

Developing accountable care systems: lessons from Canterbury, New Zealand
The health system in Canterbury, New Zealand, has undertaken a significant programme of transformation over the past decade. Our new report considers lessons that the NHS can learn as it continues its own journey of transformation. Find out more here

World Health Organisation: Tobacco-free generations.

This World Health Organization (WHO) report highlights ongoing and emerging tobacco-related issues that affect children in the Region and examines the regulatory frameworks, commitments and other tools that Member States should use to protect children from tobacco. This also includes more novel approaches that could – and should – be used to pave the way towards a tobacco-free European Region. 

Read the report here.


Nuffield Trust

Primary care home: evaluating a new model of primary care

A report by the Nuffield Trust found encouraging signs of progress by adopters of the “primary care home” model of integrated care based on general practice, but warned that pilots lack the resources to do proper evaluations which could put some projects at risk.   The 15 “rapid test” sites Nuffield looked at received £40,000 each in start-up funding from NHS England. The model has now been adopted at 160 sites, many of which may not enjoy the same level of support as the pilots.

Find out more
Your Local Healthwatch: In the Community
Healthwatch North Yorkshire at Centrepoint Mental Health Service in Northallerton
In early August Healthwatch North Yorkshire visited Centrepoint Mental Health Support service in Northallerton. Our Research and Intelligence Officer, Claire Ferguson and our Project Support Officer, Rebekah Shirley both attended a session at the centre to meet up with mental health services users.

We set up a small focus group to discuss the possible closure of inpatient mental health wards at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton and the possible impact it would have on the service users at the centre

The centre offers a range of services and volunteering opportunities, you can find out more here.

For more information on Transforming Mental Health Services and to take part in the online consultation survey please visit Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG website.

Volunteer with Healthwatch North Yorkshire.

At Healthwatch North Yorkshire we are always looking to expand our team of dedicated volunteers. We cover a huge area and need volunteers from all walks of life, whether you're a college student looking to gain some extra experience for UCAS applications, a professional wanting to give some time for an important cause or just a member of the community passionate about Health and Social care - we need you! 

We now have a dedicated volunteer coordinator, so there has never been a better time to join our team.

As a part of our volunteer base you can expect to work on a number of projects including: 
  • Enter and View Visits 
  • Safeguarding Training 
  • Readability Panel 
  • Forums and group meetings
  • Involvement in research about public health
If you would like to know more about our volunteering opportunities please visit our website where you can sign up and send us an email! 
Since our move into independence in April we have been looking at ways in which we can improve our services to you - and one of the ways was to recruit more staff to be a part of our team! 

Over the last couple of months we have recruited two more staff to join our team at our York office - a full time Research and Intelligence officer and part time Volunteer Coordinator. We now have the capacity to tackle more projects and make a bigger difference to health and social care services across North Yorkshire! 
Our Volunteer Coordinator: 

Beverley Johnston is the newest member of the Healthwatch North Yorkshire team.
With a background in Health and Social Care, Beverley has, over a 30 year period, undertaken roles including support worker,  volunteer coordinator, Domiciliary Care business owner and Social Care consultant.
Having worked with vulnerable adults and children within multi agency settings, she has an understanding and experience of statutory and voluntary bodies.

Beverley is keen to promote genuine client centered support in all settings, and to ensure that every individual has the right to be heard.

Passionate about education and training for paid and unpaid professionals alike, Beverley has updated her Post Graduate Education studies recently, and is a qualified Assessor.
Mum to 3 boys. her free time is currently spent at football training and matches, but a lover of languages, she has recently started learning Spanish.

Other interests include relearning to ride a bicycle, walking when the cycling gets too hard, and all things Greek!
You can contact Beverley @ beverley.johnston@healthwatchnorthyorkshire.co.uk

Our Research and Intelligence Officer:

A recent arrival to Yorkshire, Claire studied psychology in Canada for her first degree and moved to England to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. Throughout her education, she gained insight into the importance of health and social care through various roles, such as a respite care provider for foster children and a peer supper mentor for the Organisation for Bipolar Affective Disorder (OBAD). After graduating in 2017, she moved to York to settle and began work with Healthwatch.


Trained extensively in qualitative and quantitative analysis of social data, Claire intends to bring a rigorous level of investigation to understanding and communicating the needs of service users in North Yorkshire. Healthwatch is best able to act in the interest of the public when it has a clear vision, and she is committed to effectively working as part of the team towards this goal.


When she is not at work, Claire has a keen interest in local history and particularly enjoys exploring old churches.


You can contact Claire @  This email was sent to *|EMAIL|*
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