How should the NHS change in Devon?

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(Last Updated On: March 22, 2019)

People keen to influence the future of the NHS in Torbay, Plymouth and Devon are being encouraged to make their views known and really ‘make a big difference’.

Healthwatch in Torbay, Plymouth and Devon are working together to launch a special consultation entitled ‘What would you do?’–  to encourage people to share their views about what changes to local NHS services should look like locally.

As part of the Long Term Plan, people are being asked for their views about how support services such as Cancer, Heart and Lung and Dementia care could be improved. They will also be asked to share their ideas on how people can live healthier lives and what improvements they think could be made to help people access services quickly.

The research is part of a national survey which is being collated by Healthwatch England.   The survey is also available in British Sign Language and Easy Ready formats, please contact your Healthwatch Torbay for more information.

Torbay residents can share their local health and social care experiences by calling Healthwatch Torbay  free on 08000 520 029, emailing, or even by anonymously rating and reviewing a local health & social care service online via

Click here to complete the survey

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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!