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Patient Engagement Weekly Bulletin – Wednesday 20th February 2019

Postedon 21st February, 2019 in News

Subject: Fit For My Future Engagement Summary

Fit for my future was launched to the public on 2 October 2018 but began to engage early in the summer with some key individuals and representatives. Our aim was to inform and engage with staff, patients and service users, public and stakeholders on the case for changing health and care services in Somerset and to share emerging ideas of how it could look in future.

From early October when we launched the case for change and emerging ideas through to Christmas, we travelled across the county, talking with hundreds of public, staff and stakeholders to listen to their views. In this report we paint a picture of our engagement activity and the views we heard.

Click on the following link to read our engagement summary:-


Subject: Share your experiences of Health Visiting Services in Somerset

Parents of young children in Somerset are being asked to share their views and experiences about the health visiting services they have received in the County, to help shape the service going forward.

The county’s independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Somerset wants to find out about parents of under 5s experience of the Health Visiting service, as well as how they currently get information and support on child health and development, to inform their parenting.

An online questionnaire [https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/earlyyearssomerset/] has been created for parents to take part in and share their views and experiences. Staff and volunteers from Healthwatch Somerset will also visit a variety of settings across the county to listen to parents and carers and note their experiences.

Cllr Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing at Somerset County Council said: “From 1 April, the County Council will be responsible for delivering health visitor services across the County. It is important to us to find out parents’ current experience of the service and how we can best support them. Please complete the survey and help shape the service going forward.”

Emily Taylor, Manager at Healthwatch Somerset, said: “With the transfer of Somerset Health Visiting Services to Somerset County Council, we want to ensure the public voice is heard for future planning of the services.

“We want to know what parents and carers think about the information and support they received from the service in Somerset and to better understand where families of young children go for support and information.

“We would encourage as many parents as possible to take part and help make this service better for all those who use it.”

The survey will run until 22 April and the findings from the engagement will go into a report to help inform the Family Support Service team at Somerset County Council on ways to develop health visiting services.

The final report will be presented by Healthwatch Somerset to the Health and Wellbeing Board and shared with the Children’s Trust board later this year.

Take part in the survey

Hard copies are available on request. The survey closes on 22 April 2019. For more details contact the team at Healthwatch Somerset on 01278 264 405 or email [email protected]

Subject: Perinatal mental health services for Somerset


Somerset Partnership were successful in a bid to NHS England for funding to provide a perinatal mental health service to support mothers with moderate to severe mental health problems in the county. The new perinatal mental health team is currently made up of a consultant psychiatrist, mental health nurses, OT and team administrator. The team will work closely with midwifes , health visitors , mental health teams, GPS and other services to assess and treat women with postpartum psychosis, bipolar disorder and severe anxiety and depression. Women, babies and their families will be supported during the perinatal period, which is from conception to one year after birth.

Over the coming months there will be events to let you know more about the service and to hear peoples experiences to help us to develop the service further .

Subject: Sedgemoor National Dementia Conference – 15 May 2019

A heads up regarding this year’s Sedgemoor National Dementia Conference which will be held in St Mary’s Church Bridgwater on 15 May 2019. This year’s theme is Dementia, Disability and Discrimination.

Improving on last year we have created more time to visit stands and finish a little earlier. We have some great speakers lined up from across the voluntary, statutory and academic sectors.

Early booking only £25 and includes our great packed lunch.

Stands open for 9am with presentations starting at 10 am. Time for coffee and lunch and concludes by 3pm.

Program of the day will follow soon. Proceeds from the event support community projects.

John Hardy
Sedgemoor Dementia Action Alliance and Rotary E Club 1200

Subject: Fuel Poverty Awareness

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day was held last Friday. As such National Energy Action were working with MPs, local authorities and other organisations to raise awareness of support available for those in fuel poverty but we need your help.

How I can support?

Read our Warm and Safe Homes Action guide available here and disseminate to anybody in your area who may find it useful.
Add a Twibbon to your social media to show your support. You can do this here.
We produced several videos on a range of topics with guidance to help your service users which we’d welcome you to share:


  • We have also produced videos showing the extent of Excess Winter Deaths within your region and the estimated cost to the NHS which you can find here.
  • Utilise our social media pack and resources here.

Fuel Poverty affects so many people within your communities so we’d really appreciate your support in raising awareness of the support available.

If you have any questions regarding Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, please contact [email protected].

Subject: Health campaigns

Current NHS health campaigns include two new ‘Help Us Help You’ activities focussing on: NHS111 phone and online service and Pharmacy Advice which encourages people to see their local pharmacist ‘before it gets worse’.