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Children & Young People’s mental health in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

SDN has received a press release from Shropshire Healthwatch and Telford & Wrekin Healthwatch asking that we share this information with our members.

“It has been widely reported over the recent months that the on-going Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health of children and young people and this has led to a greater severity of need among many and an increased demand on services at a time when services have had to adapt to working under Government pandemic restrictions and increased staff shortages.

However, the lack of ‘Tier 4’ beds (specialist inpatient beds for the most seriously unwell) in the county means that children and young people will be admitted to either Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or Princess Royal Hospital, or The Redwoods Centre (an adult mental health hospital) while waiting to be moved to a suitable hospital outside Shropshire.

Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin were asked to give these children and young people the opportunity to share their experiences and say what could have been done to improve the help they have received.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said, “The report highlights the need for the system to reduce waiting times and provide information, support and advice for children, young people and their families and schools while waiting for assessment, diagnosis and specialist services to prevent crisis. Alongside this there needs to be close monitoring to ensure children and young people can be prioritised according to need and closer partnership working to include schools and adult services to ensure no child or young person falls into the gaps between services. We heard from families and professionals who were calling for more awareness raising and training to help them to support the children and young people who are struggling.”

Barry Parnaby, Chair of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said “Barry Parnaby, Chair of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said “We have been aware of the pressure many children and young people are under – issues which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. This report provides a unique opportunity to understand and act to improve services based on the knowledge and experiences of young people, as well as their friends, family members and professionals within the sector.

“A key finding within the report centres on the need for additional support for young people and their families when using the services available. Whilst the report has now been completed, we look forward to continuing to work with local providers, users and others to improve services and support people where possible.”

People can read the full report here https://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/report/2022-02-09/mental-health-crisis-services-children-and-young-people-shropshire-telford-wrekin

Healthwatch is the independent health and social care champion. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

Women urged to take part in health survey

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are asking more women to take part in a health survey. So far they have received more than 2,000 responses to the system-wide survey, but they would like to get more women from the county and mid-Wales to respond.

Through a Press Release received by the Trust, we have been asked to share the following:

“The survey is the first of its kind in the county and mid-Wales and there is still time to have your say with the survey closing on Monday 28 February.

A Women’s Health Project Group made up of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) and patient representatives across the county and mid-Wales set up the women’s health survey to try to find out the reasons why some women are not coming forward for screening and asking for help with the menopause.

Today (Monday 14 February) also sees the launch of the Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign which highlights the benefits of cervical screening and reminds people that it can help stop cancer before it starts.

The campaign, which has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement, encourages those eligible for screening between the ages of 25 and 64 to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and to book an appointment at their GP Practice if they missed their last one.

Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Yet it is one of the most preventable cancers and getting screened can help stop it before it starts. Screening checks for certain types of the HPV virus that can cause cell changes to your cervix. Cell changes are easily treated and this prevents cervical cancer.

Part of the women’s health survey looks at cancer screening services for women, as locally the number of women coming forward for breast and cervical screening services has been falling. The aim of the survey is to find out what local women know about screening, what they feel about taking part and what barriers they may face when they are invited to a screening appointment.

The second section of this survey looks at menopause as on average half of women aged 45-65 who have experienced the menopause in the past 10 years, have not consulted a healthcare professional about their menopausal symptoms. The group would like to know more about how much women living locally know about the menopause, how it affects them and their experience of healthcare and what can be done to improve this.

Dr Priya George, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: “Thank you to all those women who have taken the time to complete this survey and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t had the chance yet to do so as soon as they can. This is a real chance for local women to let us know if there are any reasons they are not coming forward for cancer screening or for getting advice and support through menopause.

“We would like to find out more about your general awareness of the screening programme, and about menopause, and to understand any barriers that prevent you from being tested and getting expert advice and support when you need it. With this valuable information, we would like to further improve our women’s health services and make them more accessible to everyone.”

The link for the survey, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete, is available here. All information provided for the survey will be anonymous.

Once the survey results are collated they will be analysed and shared with NHS providers and patient representatives to see how improvements can be made to services and encourage more women to have screening and seek help with the menopause.

For any more information on the survey or paper copies of the survey email sath.engagement@nhs.net or ring 01743 261000 ext 2390.

Also, if you would like to be involved in any future workshops around Women’s Health, please email sath.engagement@nhs.net .

For more information on cervical screening visit the NHS website www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening

Local Health Champions wants to hear about NHS psychological services

Local Healthwatch in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have asked that we share with you this press release. They write:

Local Health Champions want to hear about NHS psychological services

Depression and anxiety levels in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin have increased since the start of the pandemic. The Shropshire Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service (also known as IAPT) and Telford IAPT are at the forefront of support and therapy to help people to deal with mild and moderate depression and anxiety. People who want help contact the service directly themselves. The NHS is looking at how these services are organised and are keen to understand people’s experiences. Healthwatch wants to hear from people who have used the service or are waiting for therapy, what went well, what didn’t go so well and any suggestions for improvements.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said, “We want to ensure that the patient voice is at the centre of any service development and would encourage anybody who has used the service to get in touch. All experiences will be shared anonymously.”

Frances Sutherland, Head of Transformation and Commissioning (Mental health, LD & A) Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said, “We want to ensure these services are easily accessible and support people in the right way which is why we want to understand more about how it feels to be treated by our local services. We are really pleased that Healthwatch have agreed to undertake this work. We want to hear the views of people who have used the services now or in the past so that we can design our service to best meet their needs.”

Barry Parnaby, Chair of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said “Your local Healthwatch and NHS Trust are committed to ensuring the delivery of care is as good as it can be, but to do this, we need to hear from those who have experienced the service. Please get in touch and help to make a positive change.”

People can share their experiences with either Healthwatch Shropshire or Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin through a short online questionnaire for Shropshire 

www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/shropshire-psychological-therapies-service  or for Telford & Wrekin www.healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.uk/telford-iapt-shropshire-psychological-therapies-service-iapt.

or alternatively by ringing 01743 237884 / 01952 739540

Healthwatch  is the independent health and social care champion. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

Shropshire Plan engagement survey

Start Date:
14th January 2022

End Date:
28th February 2022

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

This survey may be of interest and important to our members as it sets the vision and purpose of Shropshire Council and the priorities for Shropshire for the three years from 2022 to 2025

The Shropshire Plan sets out the vision and purpose of the council and the priorities for Shropshire for the three years from 2022 to 2025. The priorities will shape and direct the work of the council and how it will deploy its resources to achieve them.

This survey is being carried out to get feedback on the draft priorities and what you think the delivery of the priorities would mean for you. All feedback will be taken into account before the plan goes to council.

A survey has been provided as a way of collecting feedback. Click on the ‘How to get involved’ tab to access the survey.

Documents relating ti this survey:

How you can take part in this survey: 

Click this link that takes you to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ShropPlan

Or

You can also respond to this engagement survey in writing:

  • Email: TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk
  • Post: Feedback and Insight Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shropshire SY2 6ND

If you’d like the survey in an alternative format, please email TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk describing the support you need to allow you to respond.

Women urged to take part in health survey

Start Date:
1st February 2022

End Date:
28th February 2022

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are asking more women to take part in a health survey. So far they have received more than 2,000 responses to the system-wide survey, but they would like to get more women from the county and mid-Wales to respond.

Through a Press Release received by the Trust, we have been asked to share the following:

“The survey is the first of its kind in the county and mid-Wales and there is still time to have your say with the survey closing on Monday 28 February.

A Women’s Health Project Group made up of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) and patient representatives across the county and mid-Wales set up the women’s health survey to try to find out the reasons why some women are not coming forward for screening and asking for help with the menopause.

Today (Monday 14 February) also sees the launch of the Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign which highlights the benefits of cervical screening and reminds people that it can help stop cancer before it starts.

The campaign, which has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement, encourages those eligible for screening between the ages of 25 and 64 to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and to book an appointment at their GP Practice if they missed their last one.

Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Yet it is one of the most preventable cancers and getting screened can help stop it before it starts. Screening checks for certain types of the HPV virus that can cause cell changes to your cervix. Cell changes are easily treated and this prevents cervical cancer.

Part of the women’s health survey looks at cancer screening services for women, as locally the number of women coming forward for breast and cervical screening services has been falling. The aim of the survey is to find out what local women know about screening, what they feel about taking part and what barriers they may face when they are invited to a screening appointment.

The second section of this survey looks at menopause as on average half of women aged 45-65 who have experienced the menopause in the past 10 years, have not consulted a healthcare professional about their menopausal symptoms. The group would like to know more about how much women living locally know about the menopause, how it affects them and their experience of healthcare and what can be done to improve this.

Dr Priya George, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: “Thank you to all those women who have taken the time to complete this survey and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t had the chance yet to do so as soon as they can. This is a real chance for local women to let us know if there are any reasons they are not coming forward for cancer screening or for getting advice and support through menopause.

“We would like to find out more about your general awareness of the screening programme, and about menopause, and to understand any barriers that prevent you from being tested and getting expert advice and support when you need it. With this valuable information, we would like to further improve our women’s health services and make them more accessible to everyone.”

The link for the survey, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete, is available here. All information provided for the survey will be anonymous.

Once the survey results are collated they will be analysed and shared with NHS providers and patient representatives to see how improvements can be made to services and encourage more women to have screening and seek help with the menopause.

For any more information on the survey or paper copies of the survey email sath.engagement@nhs.net or ring 01743 261000 ext 2390.

Also, if you would like to be involved in any future workshops around Women’s Health, please email sath.engagement@nhs.net .

For more information on cervical screening visit the NHS website www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening

Future Oswestry Masterplan Consultation Exhibitions

Start Date:
9th February 2022

End Date:
9th March 2022

Start Time:
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End Time:
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Event title: Future Oswestry Masterplan Consultation Exhibitions
Venue: See content for details
Weblink: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/future-oswestry-masterplan-consultation/
Name: Shropshire Council
Email: futureoswestry@shropshire.gov.uk
Telephone: N/A
Event description: These exhibitions may be of interest to SDN members who live in Oswestry and its surround areas as well as visitors to the town.

Click here to find out more about Future Oswestry Masterplan and Vision  is the outcome of collaborative work between Shropshire Council, Oswestry Town Council and the Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID).

In 2020, a team of consultants led by Allies and Morrisons started the process to prepare the masterplan document. This included:

  • a physical analysis of the town
  • research and review of socio-economic indicators, existing policies and strategies
  • a review of the property market
  • engagement with local residents and interested people and organisations through an online survey link, workshops, Library exhibition and market stalls.
  • refining the initial masterplan proposals in light of comments received through the engagement process.

This work and the comments received has shaped and modified the vision and objectives within the masterplan document being consulted on. Please visit the Future Oswestry Masterplan consultation for more details.

To read more about what the Oswestry Masterplan includes click this link: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/future-oswestry-masterplan-consultation/

To get involved click here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/future-oswestry-masterplan-consultation/

Copies of the display information and the survey form will be available at the drop-in exhibitions to read or take away. This information can also be collected from Oswestry Town Library or Oswestry Guildhall reception from Wednesday 9 February 2022. You can also return your completed survey to the Oswestry Town Library or Oswestry Guildhall reception by 5pm on Thursday 24 March 2022.

Come along to drop-in exhibitions taking place in key locations in Oswestry to meet and share your views with the team on:

  • Wednesday 9 February from 10am to 2pm at the old Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop, 12 The Cross Oswestry
  • Wednesday 16 February from 9:30 – 2pm at the old Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop, 12 The Cross, Oswestry
  • Tuesday 22 February from 10 – 4pm at the Memorial Hall, Festival Square
  • Wednesday 23 February from 12 – 4pm at Oswestry Library
  • Wednesday 9 March from 2 – 5pm at the old Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop, 12 The Cross, Oswestry

Further dates are being added for meeting with key stakeholders and drop-in exhibitions – these will be promoted via the Future Oswestry webpage, local press, and social media.

Alternatively, send any comments to futureoswestry@shropshire.gov.uk or post to Future Oswestry Consultation, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND.

 

 

 

Shropshire Council Budget 2022/2023

Start Date:
5th January 2022

End Date:
16th February 2022

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

Shropshire Council Budget Consultation is open to everyone to respond to. Shropshire Council spends over £554m every year delivering services to our local communities. They spend most of our budget on adults and children’s social care, protecting more vulnerable people in ever more complex and, by necessity, expensive ways. These are services that 97% of the population of Shropshire don’t access directly, yet they are growing in cost at a faster rate than any other areas.

Government funding for services has reduced year on year at the same time that costs are increasing. Income comes from council tax, but this can only go so far. Shropshire Council must set a balanced budget in law and so have little choice other than to raise income from other sources, cut our costs elsewhere, or both. This means asking our communities to pay more in council tax, more in fees and charges, and receive less in services as available funding is redirected to those vital areas most in need – adults and children’s social care.

Further cuts to existing budgets are becoming increasingly difficult. Read at this link further details https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/budget-consultation-20222023/

Shropshire Council is seeking your help in confirming that their budget plans are appropriate in terms of the council tax rises proposed and the headline savings suggested. To have your say, simply click here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SCBudget2022-23

You can also respond to this engagement survey in writing:

  • Email: TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk
  • Post: Feedback and Insight Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shropshire SY2 6ND

If you’d like the survey in an alternative format, please email TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk and describe the support you need to allow you to respond.

The closing date for comments to be received by us is Wednesday 16 February 2022.

Your thoughts will be considered by full council when they discuss and agree on the final budget on Thursday 24 February 2022.

Autumn On-line Conference -October 2021

Start Date:
5th October 2021

End Date:
6th October 2021

Start Time:
0930

End Time:
1400

Event title: Autumn On-line Conference -October 2021
Venue: On-line
Weblink: https://autismwestmidlands.org.uk/
Name: Autism West Midlands
Email: shropshire@autismwestmidlands.org.uk
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Our Autumn On-line conference is for parent/carers, autistic people and professionals across the West Midlands Region and beyond!

It will take place on Tuesday 5th October and Wednesday 6th October. A two day ticket costs £20

This event will be delivered across 2 days via the Zoom platform from 09.30 and 2pm.

The conference will include the following topics:

  • Autistic parents
  • Behaviours of concern
  • Education
  • Mental health
  • Parent support
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance
  • Sexualised behaviour
  • Women and girls

Talks will be given by experts in the field including:

  • Tigger Pritchard, Expert by Experience
  • Dr Glenys Jones, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Harvinder Tagger, Solar (Solihull)
  • Lee Burden, Autism West Midlands
  • Johanna Condon, Birmingham City Council

A full programme and an introduction to the speakers can be downloaded at this link: https://autismwestmidlands.org.uk/2021-online-conference-programme-and-speaker-introductions/

Note: Recordings of each session will be available to view afterwards.

Please Book your place using our on-line shop here at this link  https://shop.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/products/autumn-online-conference-october-2021-all-welcome and a link to the sessions will be emailed out prior to the event:

 

Online Autism Advice and Consultation Sessions – Shropshire County

Start Date:
9th September 2021

End Date:
30th September 2021

Start Time:
0930

End Time:
1130

Event title: Online Autism Advice and Consultation Sessions – Shropshire County
Venue: On-line Zoom sessions
Weblink: https://autismwestmidlands.org.uk/
Name: Autism West Midlands
Email: shropshire@autismwestmidlands.org.uk
Telephone: N/A
Event description: This is an opportunity for you to book a 45 minute slot with a specialist autism advisor to discuss difficulties and coping strategies.

These Free 45 minute bookable appointments are for parents/carers and practitioners with Shropshire postcode. ONLINE – ‘Zoom’ Sessions

Appointments currently available for September 2021:

  • Thursday 9th September (2 slots)
  • Thursday 16th September (4 slots)
  • Thursday 23rd September (4 slots)
  • Thursday 30th September (4 slots)

Booking Information: To book please visit the eShop: https://shop.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/collections/events/products/online-autism-advice-and-consultation-sessions-shropshire-county

For more information please contact us via email at shropshire/shropshire@autismwestmidlands.org.uk

These events are funded by Shropshire Council and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning group

Have you used Pain Management services in the county of Shropshire? – Healthwatch Shropshire

What a pain? If you have used Pain Management services in Shropshire in the last 2 years?  Healthwatch Shropshire want to hear from you.

Healthwatch Shropshire are currently looking at pain management services within the county, in the context of the ongoing transformation of MSK services.  Connect Health currently deliver pain management services within Shropshire through face-to-face clinics held in Shrewsbury but at the moment mainly using phone or online appointments.

Healthwatch Shropshire want to hear about your experiences of using the pain management service.  If you have ongoing pain issues which you have been unable to get help for, either due to the pandemic or because of other barriers, they would like to hear about this too.

Steve Trechard, Executive Director of Transformation for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs said ‘Across our communities we’re keen to hear peoples’ experiences of the Pain Management Services to help inform our future service developments.  Hearing directly from people who have used services is the best way to understand how well we’re doing, but more importantly where we need to make improvements.  The NHS and Local Care has been significantly impacted by the Covid Pandemic.  We want to hear from you about a range of issues, from how you would like to best access services, how information is best delivered, how we might use digital technology and how we can make our services more joined up.  We’d be grateful if you could spare some time to complete the Healthwatch survey or tell them about your experience.’

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer for Healthwatch Shropshire, told us ‘We really want to hear from people who have been using pain management services as we know that the health system is listening. This is an opportunity for your voice to count and be heard as services are developed.’

How to tell of your experience on pain management services in Shropshire.

  • People can go online to https://healthwatchshropshire.uk.engagementhq.com/pain-management-services to complete the survey, join the discussion in the online forum or leave a story about their experiences with ongoing pain and pain management services.
  • Telephone: You can also telephone Healthwatch Shropshire on 01743 237884 to speak to a member of the team and complete the survey over the phone if you wish.

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.