Tell Healthwatch Torbay what you would do!

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(Last Updated On: March 29, 2019)

NHS England have asked local NHS providers/commissioners to come up with a local plan explaining how they will deliver the priorities set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Healthwatch Torbay’s role is to find out what local people think about the NHS Long Term Care Plan and feed this back to NHS England and Healthwatch England. It’s important from a local perspective that service user voices have an opportunity to speak out and be heard at a local and national level. Within the priority areas we have been selected to find out more information from service users/carers/relatives about the services they may receive in Torbay Heart & Lung / Cancer services. The information collated will be used in a formal report to inform NHS England and the Clinical Commissioning Group and other key stakeholders regarding the services. There is an opportunity for you to complete a national survey which we hope you will take the opportunity to complete as it is important for local service users in Torbay to have a voice as part of the national survey.

In addition Healthwatch Torbay are holding 2 workshops to give the opportunity to meet to discuss in more detail about Cancer / Heart & Lung services focusing on your experience on what works well, improvements required, and your views about the NHS Long Term Plan and the changes you would like to see in the future. We would like to invite you and your members to attend one of the following workshops.

  • Heart & Lung Services – 15thApril 10am – 12pm
  • Cancer Services – 24thApril 2pm – 4pm

It is essential that you book as spaces are limited. The workshops will take place at Paignton Library in Room 2.

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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!