Are we listening to young people about their health and social care needs?

(Last Updated On: March 15, 2019)

There is growing evidence that young people are less likely to engage in consultations relating to health and social care, yet we know that the future health of the nation is dependent on us being able to find the right way to seek young people’s, views, learn from their experiences and to use this to shape services.  This is particularly true when additional emphasis is being put on the importance of prevention strategies.

Healthwatch Torbay is keen to hear from young people and organisations who work with young people to see if and how we need to change in Torbay.  We also want to explore whether an understandable emphasis on services for those aged 50+ is helping to fuel an intergenerational divide and if so, how this could impact on health and social care.

Please contact us to share your views. You can email, call us free on 08000520 029, or pop into our weekday office in Paignton Library.

How our Feedback Centre works:
Healthwatch Torbay use an online feedback system where the public can rate and review the local healthcare services they use. We can also add other intelligence that we collect from the public to this system to produce an accurate representation of what the public think about the services they use locally.

As part of our moderation process, Healthwatch Torbay aims to be as transparent as possible, ensuring that data meets the criteria for sharing with the public and that all of our feedback must:

Be for an appropriate service. Not include any specific names. Not be part of an ongoing investigation.
Be family-friendly. Not be libellous, slanderous or defamatory. Be age approved. Be complemented by an e-mail address.

Each quarter we publish a report on recent feedback and this is used to help improve services at a local and national level.

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!