Healthwatch Nottingham and Healthwatch Nottinghamshire have published a report as part of a project looking into experiences from members of the LGBT community who use health and care services.
Early in 2016 Healthwatch Nottingham and Healthwatch Nottinghamshire launched a joint project which aimed to evaluate patient and carer experiences of a dementia diagnosis, particularly in terms of the information provided during this process. This report details the findings and recommendations from the project.
In March 2016 Healthwatch Nottingham and Healthwatch Nottinghamshire were commissioned by Nottingham City NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, on behalf of the Nottingham/shire Crisis Concordat Partnership Board to speak to those who have used mental health crisis services to help the development of a local action plan.
Healthwatch were asked to target five specified groups to improve understanding of the issues faced in accessing mental health crisis services. The groups were:
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities (including asylum seekers and refugees), Students, Carers of people with a mental health illness, Veterans/ex-military personnel and People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Following local and national concerns about children and young people’s mental health services Healthwatch Nottingham wanted to gather evidence from young people in Nottingham city about their experiences of seeking help and treatment for mental health issues. We wanted to try to understand how many young people in the city could be experiencing mental health issues, whether they know how to access help and how they would like to access help. This report details the findings and recommendations from the project.
Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commissioned Healthwatch Nottingham to deliver a mystery shopper exercise across all of the GP practices they commission across Nottingham city. Through this exercise we set out to explore the processes and access times for getting an appointment with a GP.
A report summarising the patient experiences of the services provided by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which operates QMC and Nottingham City Hospitals. The report was provided to support the planning process for the 2015 CQC inspection of the trust.
This report found that for the vast majority of people their experience has been very positive, We found that staff, both clinical and administrative, were central to these positive experiences due to their friendly and professional manner. This left people feeling confident in their care and is likely to be the reason why many people indicated they had attended the same service for a number of years. Despite the positive ratings there were still negative aspects of experiences reported although in the main they were clearly not significant for all but a very small number.
We found that overall, experiences were rated highly and that staff and speed of service were key to good experiences. Short waiting times featured in positive experiences and long waiting times were identified in negative experiences.
Negative experiences also included incorrect prescribing and in few cases, problems with the facilities and surroundings of the chemist/pharmacy.