15th June 2018
One of the best things about working for Healthwatch is the opportunity to see the inspirational work and collaboration that takes place in our community.
On the 25th May, I popped along to the Maternity:MK meeting. It was great to see such a good representation of service users, VCS representatives, midwives, clinicians and commissioners meeting to discuss how to best support women through pregnancy and beyond. We looked at feedback from their 'walk the patch' exercise in Milton Keynes Hospital and picked out common patient and family experiences for discussion. Representatives talked about what they are doing in response to the experiences shared by new mothers and fathers.
If you are interested in the work of Maternity:MK or are interested in getting involved, please visit their website.
On the 1st June we ran our Healthwatch MK stall at the Carers AGM at Heron's Lodge. I had a lovely chat about a project in Newport Pagnell to provide more mental health support to young people, and got some tips about how to make our committee meetings more observer friendly.
The presentations themselves were truly inspirational. We heard a heartfelt account of one young woman's experience of caring, and her ambitions to go to on to further education. Listening to the barriers she had faced and how she had been supported by the young adult carers group was emotive and inspiring.
We recently spoke to young carers about their experience of caring and will be publishing our report next week, ahead of our annual report.