Healthwatch Essex News & Updates

Our short film reaches more than 12,000 people

Just before Christmas, Healthwatch Essex launched a sensory awareness campaign supported by our Collaborate Essex forum. The campaign is designed to raise awareness for those living with sensory impairment during the pandemic and the new challenges it has brought. The video has now been viewed more than 12,000 times and received media coverage from across the county.

Find out how you can help those living with sensory impairment on our website.

Meet new Research Officer, Tom

Dr Tom Kerridge is our newest Healthwatch Essex recruit and is excited to get stuck into his first project of examining the employment and work-based volunteering experiences of people with learning disabilities. Tom will soon begin his project, conducting interviews with participants with relevant experience to share. If you have a learning disability or know somebody who may be interested in taking part, contact Tom here

What matters to veterans?

Healthwatch Essex has been working with veterans to identify what’s important to them. The project gives an opportunity for military leavers to share their voice about the services they have received and to help shape the future of veteran health and social care facilities. More information can be found in this month’s blog post where you can also find details of how to get involved. 

Young Mental Health Ambassadors 

We are recruiting for new Young Mental Health Ambassadors under the age of 25. We are looking for young people, who have had experience of using mental health services across Essex and would be willing to share their stories to help influence change in the sector. We are particularly keen to hear from young men who may be interested in sharing their experiences. For more info on the positions click here.

Wider Health News

Remote learning has returned across the country along with the news that most pupils’ summer exams are being cancelled. Government has advised that schools and colleges are to remain closed until February half term. Here are some top tips on home-schooling. 

Mid and South Essex NHS are looking for women and their families to fill out a survey about Maternity and Neonatal services. The survey is designed collect data to help review and contribute to the development of these services. 

A new vaccine website has launched for North East Essex with information of vaccine centres, when you will receive your vaccine and more. Take a look at the website here.

Essex County Council has announced an extra £90,000 to support vulnerable families. The money will be put towards food and welfare services across Essex during the pandemic. More information can be found here

Five new fast testing centres have opened across Essex with a centre in Harlow being the latest edition. These testing centres are for people WITHOUT coronavirus symptoms and will give results within 30 minutes. 

Long COVID clinics have been paused in a direct response to the growing levels of COVID-19 infection and subsequent increase of admissions into acute and community services. The service is estimated to return in six weeks. For additional advice or support visit the NHS COVID-19 site.