Healthwatch giving a voice to disadvantaged communities

Healthwatch aims to help users of health and social care services have a voice on the quality of their care. In doing so, we are particularly committed to helping disadvantaged communities have a voice. Whether it be disabled people, ethnic minorities, or LGBT communities, among others, we aim to gather views from these populations and … Read more…

Adult Advocacy Needs Assessment 2017

Report recommends a more integrated advocacy service for vulnerable populations in Brighton and Hove. Adult Advocacy Needs Assessment – 2017

GP surgeries shutting in Brighton – Healthwatch in The Guardian

Why are so many GPs shutting up shop? Interviewed in the Guardian, David Liley, CEO Healthwatch, advised that ‘Younger doctors are reluctant to take up partnerships as older doctors retire.’ Brighton has seen the closure of a number of surgeries, including The Ridgeway, Woodingdean, which is due to close on 31st October this year.  David … Read more…

40% of women not aware of right to choose where to give birth

New research commissioned by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that more women must be made aware of their right to choose their birth hospital. The research, which surveyed over 1,000 women who had given birth in England in the last three years, found that 40% either weren’t aware or didn’t feel they had … Read more…

GP Patient Survey – the story so far

GP Patient Survey – 1000 local people speak out about GP services Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is conducting our most ambitious and comprehensive review so far of GP services in the city. This involves three areas of research: An online survey running from June to October 2017 A questionnaire to be completed by every GP … Read more…

The future of mental health services

The case for change Mental Health services across Sussex and East Surrey are making changes to improve the way in which the system currently works.  Read more about what the current challenges are; future priorities; the proposals for change, and how Healthwatch have been involved in this process. What are the current challenges? The challenges … Read more…

Effective care – the future of ‘Planned Care’ in the NHS

The NHS with help from local councils and public health is working to improve ‘Planned care’ –treatments that can be planned in advance, rather than emergency and urgent care which is more unpredictable and needs an immediate response. The process of Clinically Effective Commissioning The NHS has explained the process they are using and this … Read more…

The future of the NHS and social care in Sussex & East Surrey

The future of the NHS and social care services are being designed by Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs). There are 44 STPs around the country and ours covers all of Sussex and East Surrey. Most people think of the NHS and social care as being one big organisation but it’s not. Healthcare is funded and … Read more…


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