Annual Report 2017-2018

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Wessex Voices (Healthwatch Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton) set otu their key achievements for 2017/18.  They have continued to support NHS England – South (Wessex) commissioners in the Public Health and Primary Care teams and the Clinical Networks to involve people in the design and delivery of their services. They were also supporting the Hampshire and Isle of Wight (HIOW) and Dorset Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to improve their patient and public involvement. 

Some of work this year has included:

  • 'Kick cancer out of Boscombe' event with the Wessex Cancer Alliance, raising awareness about cancer in an area with lower than the national average uptake of cancer screening. This event reached over 600 people.
  • 'WESFIT: Patients experience of exercise and cancer' focus groups', which was hosted with the Wessex Cancer Alliance. One key thing that will change is that patients in the WESFIT pilot will be given some support to return to exercising after their surgery.
  • Established an Empowering Engagement Programme, which works intensively with a small cohort of participants over six months to transform their confidence to plan and involve people in their work. EEP delivered an 80% increase in confidence around patient and public engagement for the North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG cohort of participants.
  • worked with Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership colleagues to provide public and patient involvement advice, guidance and support to their workstream leads for mental health; children and young people; and digital. Their June event brought together local Healthwatch, CCG Lay Members and NHS Communications and Engagement leads from across the area for the first time to discuss how they can connect engagement activity around the sustainable transformation of health services.

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General details

Report title 
Annual Report 2017-2018
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Dorset
Healthwatch Hampshire
Healthwatch Isle of Wight
Healthwatch Portsmouth
Healthwatch Southampton
Date of publication 
Monday, 2 April, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 1 March, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 30 April, 2018
Type of report 
Annual report
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Information providing
Quality of treatment
Other information of note about this report 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details about conditions and diseases

Conditions or diseases 
Fertility, pregnancy and childbirth
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 
New mothers

Details of people who shared their views

Age group 
All people 18 and over
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Not applicable
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not applicable

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.