“Bus tour could be just the ticket for local patients”
People across East Sussex are invited to get aboard the Healthwatch East Sussex Big Red Bus.
During 1-5 September, the original London bus, in its signature red colour, will be at locations in Eastbourne, Seaford, Lewes, Bexhill, Hastings, Crowborough, Forest Row, Rye and Battle.
The tour is your opportunity to come and speak with Healthwatch East Sussex, about your experiences of local health and social care services. You will be able to hear about the work we do, and how we use your experiences to make a difference locally and nationally.
Director of Healthwatch East Sussex, Julie Fitzgerald said, “as the independent health and care champion for local people, our priority is to listen to local peoples experiences. The Red Bus tour is a major part of how we get out and speak to the public, and a great way for the public to come and find out what their local Healthwatch can do for them”.
Everyone who visits the bus will have the opportunity to enter our daily competition, to win a Russell Hobbs ‘Smoothy Maker’ and recipe book.
You will also be able to:
- leave user experience reviews about local services on our Feedback Centre
- receive information and signposting about local services
- sign up as a Healthwatch volunteer
- take part in our current surveys
- suggest what you think are the East Sussex local health and care priorities
There will also be opportunities to talk to senior representatives from key organisations that deliver and buy services in East Sussex.
- East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
- Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (mental health services)
- NHS Complaints Advocacy Service
- Adult Social Care
- the East Sussex Better Together programme
Whatever your age there will be something for everyone when the road show comes to your area, including opportunities to meet:
- volunteers from GP patient participation groups
- local Mayors, (Seaford Lewes and Crowborough)
- the Deputy Mayor in Eastbourne and Town Crier in Rye
- Community First Responders ( in Eastbourne and Bexhill)
- face painting for children on the Saturday in Rye and Battle
…don’t miss the Bus
To make sure you don’t miss the bus…check out the time timetable below.
Tuesday 1st September 2015
09.30 – 14.00 hrs
Asda Store, The Crumbles, Eastbourne, BN23 6JF
3rd March 2015
Healthwatch East Sussex Newsletter
Issue Two of the Healthwatch East Sussex newsletter is now available to download.
In this issue:
- What Have You Been Contacting Us About?
- Forthcoming Activities
- New NHS Service to Support Patients with Bone, Muscle and Joint Conditions
- Personal Health Budgets
- East Sussex Better Together urgent care film now available
- Involving Young People
- Volunteering Opportunities
- Information and Signposting Library Role
- Sign up to the NHS England Open Data Event
- National News
- Terrence Higgins Trust
- Growing Community Resilience in East Sussex
- Vandu Language Services
- Kent Community Health NHS Trust
- General Osteopathic Council
- Give Us Your Feedback
20th February 2015
East Sussex Better Together
Working together with all its local stakeholders, to think very differently about the way health and social care services are provided will ensure that East Sussex County Council can offer high quality, sustainable services into the future.
The programme of work has been named East Sussex Better Together (ESBT).
20th February 2015
Funded Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training for East Sussex
Grassroots Suicide Prevention is excited to announce that we are delivering a number of free, fully funded mental health and suicide prevention courses starting in April 2015.
- ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness For Everyone
- MHFA: Mental Health First Aid
- One in Four: Mental Health Awareness
Funding for the training has come from Public Health at East Sussex County Council, and the training is available to front-line service staff and volunteers working in East Sussex.
To be eligible for a funded place you must currently be working or volunteering in East Sussex. As a guide, training places are initially limited to three places per course, per organisation.
However, for larger organisations further places may be available. If you are unsure about your eligibility for a funded place, or would like further information, please email Grassroots Suicide Prevention or call 01273-675764.
20th February 2015
“Challenged Health Economy” status provides welcome financial analysis
Additional support provided to East Sussex as a “Challenged Health Economy” will provide healthcare services with welcome financial analysis, HOSC has learned.
Representatives of NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) spoke with HOSC at its most recent meeting about their decision in February 2014 to designate East Sussex as one of 11 “Challenged Health Economies”. Local healthcare representatives were also present and expressed their support for the Challenged Health Economy programme. Read more...
3VA Health and Well-Being Network
The Eastbourne Health and Well-Being Network’s first meeting is on September 23rd, 10-11.30 am, at Eastbourne Blind Society. The network meetings are part of the Chnaces4Change project and will take place every 6 weeks.
The network is an opportunity for staff and volunteers with an interest in health and well-being to keep each other informed about the work they are doing, identify areas for collaboration and develop new ideas. Please bring any promotional material you have to share and pass this invitation on to your volunteers!
As well as informal networking time, organisations will be able to give brief presentations about their work or new projects that they are running. On September 23rd this will include presentations from Lucy Tapley of East Sussex County Council about how organisations can promote their activities through East Sussex 1Space, and from Deidre Dean, CEO of Eastbourne Blind Society, about their work.
If you would like to give a presentation (5-10 minutes), please let me know. There will also be a demonstration of the Silver Song Music Box, which 3VA will be loaning to organisations this Autumn.
Community Development Officer, Chances4Change
8 Saffrons Rd
East Sussex BN21 1DG
Phone: 01323 639373
Mobile: 07415 603347
20th March 2014
East Sussex Public Health March bulletin
The East Sussex Public Health bulletin is a monthly update of local Public Health news, the latest additions to the East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs Assessment website, local campaigns and projects, GP related public health news and national public health news.