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Halton LINk NEWSLETTER April 2012

Have your say on Halton’s Health & Wellbeing Strategy

Expecting a baby?

Halton Borough Council and Halton LINk would like to invite local people to attend a Health Engagement Event on Wednesday 30th May 2012 from 9.30am - 3.00pm at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes. This will be an opportunity to hear about the latest developments in Health & Social Care and also to give your views on the future Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Halton. This new Strategy summarises the big health and wellbeing issues for Halton, to enable everyone to play a part; public organisations, service providers, the voluntary sector, communities and residents so that our individual efforts contribute to a larger combined effort and we have a greater chance of making genuine progress. If you would like to attend please contact Doreen Prendergast at Halton Borough Council on 0151 511 7674, or download and complete the reply slip which is available on the Halton LINk website, Please note, places for this event are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 01928 592405

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS FT has launched a new antenatal clinic service at Halton General. It means that mums to be, from Halton, can now have their clinic appointments locally rather than having to travel to Warrington during their pregnancy. “We’re delighted to be able to offer this new clinic service at Halton,” says Mel Hudson, Head of Midwifery, “It means that local women don’t have to travel for their routine appointments during pregnancy. We can also provide the first trimester screening at Halton but it’s really important that women contact us as soon as they know they are pregnant as this screening needs to be booked in before 10 weeks gestation.” Contact the Midwifery Service for Widnes and Runcorn on 0151 495 5079 Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm.

Halton L I N k Your Health • Your Care • Your Say!

Endometriosis Support Group to start in Widnes Endometriosis can be a chronic and debilitating condition. It affects around 2 million women in the UK. Endometriosis can affect a woman’s life in a number of ways such as chronic pain, fatigue, depression, problems with her sex life, an inability to conceive and difficulty in fulfilling work and social commitments. However, with the right help, many of these issues can be addressed. Widnes Endometriosis Support Group aims to: •

Enable those affected to understand their condition and to take control of it

Help those affected feel less isolated

Provide informal discussions and support as well as guest speakers

The group will meet every 1-2 months. The first ever Widnes support group meeting will be on Saturday 19th May 10.00am at Costa Coffee, Unit 12, Widnes Shopping Park, Widnes, WA8 7TN. For more information or to join the group please contact Helen on 0151 922 8588 or email

CQC launch interactive map for reports

The foundation for people with learning disabilities have produced a booklet ‘Good healthcare for all’ on using the NHS. Tobacco packaging consultation A UK-wide consultation on whether tobacco should be sold in standardised, or plain packaging, has been launched. The consultation will be open for responses from 16th April to 10th July. GMC launch learning disabilities website

You can now find CQC inspection reports that have been published by clicking on an interactive map for your area. This includes reports published since December 2011. The reports are available from Please let the CQC know whether the map and the lists of reports are helpful at

The GMC has launched a new website to guide doctors treating patients who have a learning disability. This website will increase doctors’ understanding of care of patients with learning disabilities and help to improve their skills in supporting them.

Government Standards The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have created a series of booklets to help you understand what standards you have a right to expect from: • Hospitals • Care homes

• Care at home • Dentists

These booklets are available to download from the CQC website,

Equality Delivery System (EDS)

Living well with dementia

Over the last few months the Halton LINk have taken part in a review of the equality performance of NHS organisations across Merseyside. At the heart of the EDS is a set of 18 equality outcomes grouped into 4 goals. It is against these outcomes that performance is analysed and graded and action determined. One of four grades can be chosen, from excelling through to under developed.

The Design Council in partnership with the Department of Health has funded and supported the development of five innovative new solutions that can improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, and aid the development of dementia friendly communities.

The four EDS goals are: • Better health outcomes for all • Improved patient access and experience • Empowered, engaged and included staff • Inclusive leadership at all levels The EDS requires NHS organisations to engage with local communities and organisations with an interest in equalities and health inequalities to determine performance through a grading exercise. Halton LINK, along with other LINk’s across Merseyside, have been integral to this process, taking part in a number of grading reviews of local NHS organisations. For further information visit

Healthwatch Community Forum

The prototypes of these five designs will be launched at a Design Council event on Thursday 26 April. For further information visit

Radio Merseyside - Roger on the Road The BBC is coming to Runcorn on Friday 18th May. Do you want to have a say about the local and national issues affecting your community? BBC Radio Merseyside’s PhoneIn hosted by Roger Phillips will be broadcasting live from 11.30am from Murdishaw Community Centre, Barnfield Avenue, Runcorn, and you are invited to be part of it. For further information and to get your name on the guest list call the A Team on 0151 794 0984

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month The CQC are keen to involve a wide range of audiences in the development of Healthwatch, so have set up a dedicated online community. This provides a library of documents about Healthwatch, the opportunity to submit questions at a monthly live web chat and a space where you can also post discussion topics to gather views from other users. If you’d like to join, please email

Charity Beating Bowel Cancer has released new data which shows that 28 per cent of the UK adult population - over 13 million people- know (10%) or knew (18%) someone with bowel cancer.

The Department of Health has published a narrative document about Healthwatch England, which covers the policy ambitions and functions for Healthwatch England. It is available in the library section of the Healthwatch online community or from the DH website, uk/healthwatch-policy/.

In response to this, Beating Bowel Cancer is launching a ‘Bowel Movement’ to unite all those affected by bowel cancer and encourage people to talk openly about the disease.

We’d also like to remind you of the launch dates for HealthWatch England – October 2012, and local HealthWatch – April 2013.

For further information go to

Halton LINk - ‘Let’s talk about it’ survey

As part of the build up to Dying Matters Awareness Week 2012 (May 14th - 20th) the Halton LINk is running an online survey , ‘Let’s talk about it’, to gather local people’s views on death, dying and bereavement. Dying people and their families can experience a tremendous sense of isolation and can feel shut out of social circles and distanced from their communities. Death and bereavement affect us all and we all need to talk more about end of life. A lack of conversation is perhaps the most important reason why peoples’ wishes go ignored or unfulfilled; if we do not know how to communicate what we want, and those around us do not know how to listen, it is almost impossible to express a clear choice. It has been said that what we fear most about dying is the associated loss of control. By empowering patients to express their wishes, that control can be restored. Talking about death doesn’t bring it nearer. Talking about dying makes it more likely that you, or your loved one, will die as you might have wished and it will make it easier for your loved ones if they know you have had a ‘good death’. The survey is available on the Halton LINk website at All returned and completed surveys will be entered in to a FREE prize draw, 1st Prize £30 gift voucher, 2nd Prize £20 gift voucher, 3rd Prize £10 gift voucher. On May 28th the Halton LINk will be holding a Dying Matters Awareness Raising Event, ‘Small Actions: Big Difference’ at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes, from 10.00am to 2.00pm. To book your place at this event, or for further information, email or call 01928 592405 and speak to Dave Wilson. Details of the findings of the survvey and a report on the ‘Small Actions: Big Difference’ event will be made available on If you need this newsletter in a different format, e.g. CD or you would like a larger print version then please contact us.

Halton LINk, Halton & St. Helens VCA, Sefton House, Public Hall Street, Runcorn WA7 1NG Tel: 01928 592405 email: web: Halton LINk is hosted by Halton & St Helens Voluntary Community Action Registered Charity No. 1106001 and a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 2539153.

Issue 11 Halton LINk Newsletter  

April 2012 edition of the 'HAL'

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