HWLincs July 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to the July 2024 newsletter.

Here’s what we’ve been up to and what’s coming up.

Volunteers Week

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HWLincs staff and volunteers celebrate Volunteers Week

Summer got off to a wet start but has now arrived in full. We marked the start of summer with a trip out to the beautiful Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln.

The purpose of this outing was to celebrate Volunteers Week. Like so many HWLincs activities, volunteers were vital to this event! So we were delighted to spend the morning with some as we celebrated their hard work with tea and cake by the lake.

Find out more about the day here.



Healthcare heavyweights at the YourVoice@Healthwatch event

Martin Fahy and Prof. Derek Ward chat next to Healthwatch Lincolnshire's Dean Odell
(l-r) Martin Fahy, Prof Derek Ward

The Director of Public Health and the NHS director of Nursing and Quality spoke at Healthwatch Lincolnshire’s recent YourVoice@Healthwatch event at Boston’s Jakemans Stadium.

Healthwatch Lincolnshire welcomed more than 80 guests at Friday’s event, which hosted a marketplace for service providers and charities, as well as talks from two guest speakers.

Find out more about the event here.


The next YourVoice@Healthwatch

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The hugely popular event returns on July 31st at Rustons Sport and Social Club, Lincoln.

The summer meeting provides a unique co-production opportunity centered around Community Primary Partnerships (CPP), designed to gather your invaluable insights and shape the future of integrated care in our community.

Whether you are a Lincolnshire resident, patient, service user, carer, member of a support group, or work in a health and care organisation, we want you to join us!

Your input will directly influence how health and care services evolve in Lincolnshire, ensuring they are responsive to the needs of our community.

Focus Areas:

  • Valued Community Services: Share which community services you find most valuable and frequently use.
  • Our Shared Agreement: We all want the best life for ourselves and those we care for, whatever our age or stage of life. Our shared agreement is creating new ways for health, care, people, and communities to work together to share knowledge, build skills and confidence, and grow relationships and support we can draw on to really live our lives. Join us to find out more and ways to get involved and be part of the movement.

Find out more information and book your space here.


Sensory Services

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Lincolnshire Sensory Services visit HWLincs

A recent HWLincs team meeting featured an illuminating talk from Lincolnshire Sensory Services.

The team was given an overview of all the ways they help people and families affected by sensory loss, from support to technology solutions.

Find out more about their visit and the work that Lincolnshire Sensory Services does here.



Talking about immunisations

HWLincs is working with Lincolnshire County Council Public Health to speak to people who have chosen not to vaccinate their age 0-5 children.

If you can help us to access people who fit this category, get in touch and let’s work together. People can register to speak to us in English, Bulgarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Polish and Romanian.

Find out more about the project here.


Infant feeding

The response to our infant feeding experience survey has been overwhelmingly positive.

It’s been a pleasure to be able to speak to so many people about their experience of infant feeding.

The survey is still open and we want to hear from as many people as possible.

This includes breastfeeding mothers, bottle-feeding families, mixed method approaches and more. We are also keen to hear from partners who have supported someone in infant feeding.

Click here for the survey.



Respiratory health survey

Healthwatch Lincolnshire has launched its respiratory health survey.

We want to hear your experiences of health and care services regarding asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), long covid and all other respiratory conditions.

Whether good or bad, your feedback will help to create a picture of Lincolnshire’s healthcare and inform what needs to be done to improve it.

The survey covers diagnosis, waiting times, treatment, management, what’s working well, what needs to be improved and more.

It should take 5-15 minutes to complete and can be completed online here

If you are a professional working to support people with respiratory conditions, we also want to hear your views around what is working well with services and the current challenges you face. Please share your views via the survey for professionals.

Menstrual health webinar

The results from the comprehensive Healthwatch menstrual health survey will be presented at a webinar on July 11th – and all are welcome to join.

For its first campaign of 2024, Healthwatch Lincolnshire focussed on menstrual and menopausal health. As part of the Government’s Women’s Health Strategy, each Integrated Care Board (ICB) will have a Women’s Health Hub.

One aim and hope is that these hubs will improve diagnosis times, treatment and support for a range of menstrual health conditions including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and those going through menopause.

450 service users shared their views and 18 professionals.

  • 17% Endometriosis
  • 16% PCOS
  • 26% Menopause
  • 26% Perimenopause
  • 13% Other – included post-menopause, PMDD, fibroids.

By far the biggest issues highlighted were not being listened to, not being taken seriously and a lack of interest and knowledge around menstrual health conditions and menopause.

Webinar Details:
Date: Thursday 11th July
Time:  10am – 11am
Platform: Microsoft Teams

Secure your place at the webinar here.


National Co-Production Week

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There’s nothing better than achieving things together, and co-production allows people to shape things to their exact needs.

We’ll be celebrating national co-production week (July 1-5) with a handy how-to guide to the skill and highlight some of our work that has benefitted from this crucial collaboration approach.

If you’re new to the idea, here’s a handy overview from the NHS.



Partner spotlight

One of the pleasures of working in the charity sector is the opportunity to share ideas with, learn from and partner with other organisations that are dedicated to doing good.

This month’s highlighted heroes is Nottingham’s Jericho Road Project, a charity that helped us with some recent work in which we gathered the experiences of people who sell sex.

The specialist knowledge and sensitivity of their team was inspiring and through their influence, we have incorporated trauma-informed interviewing training in our engagement.

Find out about the work of Jericho Road Project here.

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