This page lists the recent reports Healthwatch Wolverhampton has produced.
Healthwatch Dudley, Healthwatch Sandwell, Healthwatch Walsall and Healthwatch Wolverhampton have been commissioned by Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on behalf of Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainable Transformation Partnership (STP) to carry out work collecting feedback from patients about their knowledge and experiences of using General Practice Nurses. The feedback collected is intended to help inform the decision making of several projects linked to the STP Primary Care Strategy
The information gathered from patients/service users will support the work that the CCG and providers are continuing to work on to improve these services across the city and to ensure that patients are given a choice as to how they are involved in their care and to where they wish to die.
The project aimed to understand the patient experience of being discharged from the hospital including the planning of discharge and the involvement of patients in those plans.
Healthwatch Wolverhampton has worked with Vocare, who are the service provider of the Urgent Care Treatment Centre (UCTC) at New Cross Hospital, to gather experiences from patients using the Urgent Care Treatment Centre.
The project used a survey to obtain feedback from care home managers in Wolverhampton about that they had witnessed happening in relation to social care assessments and their service users over the previous 12 months.
Healthwatch Wolverhampton has recently undertaken a project to understand how much communication patients receive from their GP practice and what levels of awareness and involvement there are with PPGs. This is in order to understand the potential effectiveness of the public engagement around the changes to primary care delivery in Wolverhampton.
We have carried out research into the experiences of people living in Wolverhampton around accessing and using dental services in the City as we had been contacted by local residents who told us they had experienced difficulty in finding a dentist offering NHS services and also when they did go to a dentist, the cost of treatment was not always explained before they treatment took place. Our findings were similar to those of Healthwatch England from their national survey in 2016 and the report they compiled from other local Healthwatch feedback. Although most respondents were registered with a dentist and of those most were with an NHS dentist there were a number who were not registered with a dentist at all.
Healthwatch Wolverhampton is the independent champion for people who need health and social care in the city. We are here to make sure that those who provide, and commission services put people at the heart of care. We want to give a stronger voice to all our communities, especially those whose views often go unheard. Healthwatch Wolverhampton became aware that Deaf people and their families are a group of people who are likely to experience difficulties in accessing health and social care services. We wanted to find out more about what these problems were.
This report presents the findings of a survey conducted at the UCC to evaluate the quality of service delivery and meeting the needs of patients. The survey was designed in partnership with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the service provider (Vocare) and the results feed into the key performance indicators set out in the service specification.
We conducted the GP Access survey at Healthwatch as we wanted to: understand people’s experiences of making GP appointments; be equipped with a greater understanding; and produce body of evidence to identify where problems exist and suggest improvements that will benefit the local community, as well as service providers. The findings of this project may inform future Healthwatch projects for further in depth analysis of GP accessibility.