Carers UK carries out an annual survey of carers to understand the state of caring in the UK each year. This year a total of 7,397 people shared their experience of what it’s like to be a carer and is the largest State of Caring survey carried out by Carers UK to date. Follow this link to read he report.
Personal wheelchair budgets are being introduced and will replace the wheelchair voucher scheme. There has been a public consultation about extending the legal rights to have personal health budgets, including for people accessing wheelchair services. If you would like further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A national survey conducted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows some improvements in people’s hospital experiences but highlights concerns around discharge and inequalities for those with mental health conditions. To read more please follow this link.
The report ‘Buses in Crisis’, produced by the Campaign for Better Transport, highlights the effects of the huge reduction in funding for buses in England and Wales. On average funding has decreased by 46% resulting in 3347 buses being reduced, altered or withdrawn, leading to an increased risk of loneliness and isolation for some members of the public.
To read more, please view our ‘Reports’ page.
Do you have a personal health budget?
Have your say on proposals to extend rights to have personal health budgets. Easy read version of consultation now available http://ow.ly/Ory130k3OZG together with lots of helpful information about personal health budget. Closing date June 8th.
Harrogate Borough Council is consulting about the supply of wheelchair accessible taxis. If you use accessible taxis or work with people who do, please do complete the questionnaire and share with others who may also be interested. The closing date is 10th June.
Click this link Accessible taxi survey to participate in the survey.
NHS Digital are introducing a new tool that people can use to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for reasons other than their individual care and treatment.This is part of a vision to improve patients’ trust and confidence in how data is looked after by the health and social care system, following the failure of the Care.data project two years ago. Further information is available on our Have Your Say page.
The national data opt-out will be available for the public online from 25th May at https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out-programme
For those who do not want to or cannot access the service digitally there will be also be a national telephone service available on 0300 303 5678.
Join the Over 50s Forum at our meeting May 24th when we will be finding out about the expanding role of community pharmacists and also about the risk and recognition of sepsis. For further details, please go to our ‘Forum Events‘ page.