Stories of change - number 25 #NHS70 #ItStartsWithYou
To help celebrate 70 years of the NHS we're collecting 70 stories of how people's experiences are being used by health and care services and professionals to help make them better.
2 July 2018
Meet the health and social care staff who go the extra mile
In the run up to the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we are joining in the celebrations with the launch of a new award to recognise the outstanding contributions of health and care staff towards improving patient care.
1 July 2018
Families fight to save local respite service
Thanks to a group of families in Hertfordshire, changes are being made to respite care and support for families of children with complex needs.
29 June 2018
Getting the basics right for people who are Deaf
Thanks to Sandra, NHS England is improving the way they communicate with people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
28 June 2018
Helping young people speak up about their mental health
Becky felt there wasn’t enough mental health support for people her age, and decided something needed to change.
27 June 2018
It's easier to choose a care home in Durham thanks to Tony
After struggling to find the right information when choosing a care home for his mum, Tony decided to take matters into his own hands.
25 June 2018
Speaking up saves lives in Bristol
Thanks to Errol, more men in Bristol are aware of the signs of prostate cancer and are being diagnosed and treated.
25 June 2018
Meet the people using their voice to make a difference to care of others
Five people and groups have been shortlisted for a national award that celebrates local people who, through their dedication, have helped improve health and care for their community.
25 June 2018
Your health and care: What can we do to make the biggest difference?
We need your views and ideas to make sure that health and social care services work for those who use them. Help us shape our new strategy, which launches in 2018.
20 June 2018
Our response to NHS plans to cut long hospital stays
Our National Director responds to NHS plans to improve patient care by cutting long hospital stays.
The plan aims to see the number of people staying longer than necessary in hospital reduced by a quarter ahead of winter, through greater use of alternatives to admission.
13 June 2018
Our response to CQC's "Driving improvement: Case studies from nine adult social care services"
Today, the CQC published a new report "Driving improvement: Case studies from nine adult social care services", which provides an insight into care services that achieved a significant improvement on their rating.
The report looks at services that were rated inadequate, the challenges they had to overcome, and how they got back on track. It also highlights the experiences of a wide range of people using the care services, as well as professionals.
7 June 2018
How you can help improve health and care for your community
Last year 4,700 people gave up their time to help make a difference to local health and care. This Volunteers Week we spoke to Healthwatch Somerset about the difference our volunteers make and why we need more people to get involved.
1 June 2018