Healthwatch Essex Update

Content originally from Healthwatch Essex

Sneak peek at ‘Living with Obesity’ report for World Obesity Day 

Sharing a preview from participants of our ‘Living with Obesity’ report 
World Obesity Day took place at the beginning of March and Healthwatch Essex got involved by sharing some key quotes from our upcoming ‘Living with Obesity’ report. Across our social media channels, we gave a sneak peek into some content you will see in the soon-to-be published research project. You can still catch up on our posts across all of our social media channels.
We want to hear your experience! 
Our Information Team is keen to hear from anybody who has used patient transport or who has had to arrange travel to an appointment during COVID-19 in Essex. We are also seeking lived experience from anybody who has been working from home in the North East Essex area and the effect it may have had on mental health and wellbeing. Speak to the team today!Can you help in the fight against COVID-19
The NHS Blood & Transplant Service in Essex is making an urgent appeal for plasma donations that can be used for COVID-19 research. If you have have recently recovered from COVID-19, please consider donating your plasma so that research efforts can continue. Plasma can be stored for up to three years, providing valuable research opportunities well into the future. Find out how you can donate your plasma here
We’re looking for new Healthwatch Essex Ambassadors
Healthwatch Essex is recruiting for Ambassadors from across the county. This is a key role involving raising the profile of Healthwatch Essex and providing your own insight into health and social care services. The positions available will also offer an opportunity to work directly with the general public. More details available here.

Submit your ‘DDOP’
The start of March saw us launch an initiative called ‘Daily Doses of Positivity’, or DDOP for short. It involves encouraging people to share online images, quotes, memes, gifs or anything else that spreads positivity during these unprecedented times. Our talented illustrator, Libby, turns each of them into beautiful graphics and every morning we share one on our social media channels. Please send us your DDOP by emailing Sam.
Wider Health News

People are reminded to complete the Census by March 21. By taking part, you can help inform decisions about services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport. For more information, visit the site. 

Children returned to school this week and the Government is rolling out a new scheme where families with schoolchildren will receive two rapid-Covid tests, per person, per week. Find out more here.

Active Essex and The University of Essex want to know more about what life is like for the people of Essex at the moment. The survey covers work, health, finances and more. Read further information and take the survey via our website. 

More than 20% of 16-69-year-olds have now received the vaccine across Essex. The percentages are calculated using vaccine data from NHS England and estimated population figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The government has set out a four-step road map out of COVID-19, with a gradual releasing of restrictions over the coming months. To find out more information on the steps being taken to transition out of lockdown, click here

The East of England Ambulance Trust is looking for volunteers to help increase public involvement in their work. Positions will play a key role in the local communities with a number of varied responsibilities. Find out how to get involved.

Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System is asking people in the area to send them a 1-2 minute film describing their individual recent experiences of health and care and their personal perspective on the question ‘How do we help everyone heal?’. The films will be entered into a competition with a virtual ceremony! Find out more here.