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Our aim is to improve health and social care services in Central Bedfordshire.
To do this we need your feedback about local GP surgeries, hospitals, dentists, pharmacies, opticians, social care, emergency care and community based health teams. With this, we are able to inform, liaise, influence and, if necessary, challenge decisions and plans.
For all of this, we need your help!
Please help us by sharing your experiences of all or any of these services by clicking on the button below.
Tell us when things are going well and when they’re not, so we can do something about it.
The Festival for Older People 2018 will take place at The Rufus Centre, Flitwick on Friday 5th October between 10 -2pm. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions’.
As well as being a fun and social event, this will be an opportunity for older people to get information about health, social care and housing services and how to access them. There will be exhibitors from many statutory and voluntary organisations and local groups offering advice and information about local services for older people such as social care, health, housing, leisure activities, holistic services and much more. There will also be a series of arts and craft stands with items for sale.
Please help us to promote this great event. Download our poster & display on your noticeboard at work, ask your local shop to pop one in their window or simply tell your elderly neighbours about the festival. Click HERE to download our poster.
Last year’s event had a record number of visitors so it’s sure to be a popular day out. Make sure to pop the date in your diary!
Maternity & Mental Health Survey
Did you know? As many as 1 in 5 pregnant women and new mums experience some form of mental health challenge. Partners can also be affected, with one charity estimating that 1 in 3 new dads are concerned about their mental health.
Why we want your views. The NHS is spending more money on maternal mental health support but Healthwatch England want to know if this is making a difference. They want to know whether services are doing everything they can to support people with mental health challenges during or after pregnancy to ensure the whole family is supported. If you are, or are the partner of someone planning to get pregnant, are pregnant or have given birth in the last three years you can help by sharing your experience or encouraging anyone you know who might be affected to complete their short survey.
Work for an organisation that supports expecting and new parents?
Healthwatch England also want to understand more about your views of existing maternity mental health support. Take five minutes to answer their short survey.
Click HERE to take part in the stakeholder survey.
National Award Nominee
Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire has been shortlisted for the annual Healthwatch network awards 2018!
The ‘JUST ASK’ project has been nominated for an award in the ‘Giving people the advice and information they need’ category – Ensuring communities get the advice and information they need to make decisions about their wellbeing, care and the services that support them.
The overall winner from each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced at the Healthwatch conference in October 2018. Wish us luck!
Click HERE to find out more about the awards and the other nominees.
We’re on the road with ‘Just Ask’ 2018!
Our last ‘JUST ASK’ roadshow event we will be at Morrisons Supermarket, Houghton Regis between 9am – 1.30pm. Come along and find out more about health, social care, housing and other services available in your area. And share your experiences of the health & social care services in your area.