Healthwatch Survey - Have Your Say!

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NHS Long Term Plan – Healthwatch kick off on engagement

Devon, like every area of the county, has been asked to develop its own Long Term Plan. Our plan, which will be completed by October 2019, will cover health and wellbeing.

Healthwatch Torbay will undertake engagement during April, to support local areas with development of their plans. They have launched a series of surveys and will be backing these up with focus groups, the engagement covers six key themes: cancer, dementia, lung and heart diseases, mental health, learning disabilities and autism.

The surveys are available here and here.

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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!