Self-help video library consultation

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Healthwatch Torbay are working with the Bay’s health trust to find out how their self-help video library benefits residents and whether any improvements can be made.

Health and Care Videos is a partnership with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. They have worked with Torbay Council, hospitals, GP surgeries, pharmacies and both the paid and unpaid carer sector to produce libraries of educational health and care videos and helpful resources.

You can browse through one of the video libraries via www.healthwatchvideos.healthandcarevideos.com.

It contains over 200 health and care videos, produced with, and written by clinicians, as well as links to national charities, advice networks and local support groups.

All responses to the Healthwatch survey via www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HCVideos will be anonymous and the information provided will be used to inform the final report at the end of the consultation.

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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!