The government is investing an extra £20 billion a year in the NHS. The NHS has produced a Long Term Plan, setting out all the things it wants health services to do better across the country. Healthwatch Northumberland is working to create opportunities for the people of Northumberland to tell their local NHS about what those changes should look like in this community.
The long term plan sets out what NHS wants to do better, including making it easier for people to access support closer to home and via technology. It also wants to do more to help people stay well, and provide better support to people with cancer, mental health conditions, and heart and lung diseases. Long term conditions such as diabetes and arthritis, learning disabilities and autism and for people as they get older and experience conditions such as dementia.
We are keen to hear what patients would do to give people more control of their care and what they would do to give people better support. Go here for more information and to take part in the survey >>
Dementia services in North Northumberland for carers -
Peter Woods of Hexhamtv has made a film with a group of carers from Amble who are looking after their partners with dementia.
The film, called ‘A Space at the Table’ is being shown during Dementia Action Week 2019, on Wednesday 22 May, to highlight the honest and truthful experience of carers of partners living with dementia in Northumberland. In the future Peter hopes the film will be shown widely to health professionals and to a wider audience so the needs of carers in this situation can be properly understood. Anyone wanting to use Peter’s film within their organisation can be sent a copy in return for a donation to the work of Dry Water Arts and The Curiosity Cafe in Amble. More information here >>