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Your spotlight on local services




Mental Health Care Event

On 1st April 2017, Healthwatch Tameside held a public event at The Grafton Centre in Hyde.

The event was attended by mental health service users, their families and carers, and representatives of a number of care and service providers.

There was an opportunity for honest round-the-table discussions about a number of mental health related topics, followed by feedback of the key points to the rest of the room.

We have put together a summary of the discussions.

Healthwatch Tameside are continuing with the mental health project, working with providers and commissioners of services.

If you want to tell us about your recent experiences of mental health care, you can give us a call on 0161 667 2526.


Annual General Meeting 2016

This was held before the Big Debate about Care in your community, on 11 July 2016.

Annual General Meeting 2015

At our AGM in June we launched our Big Health and Care Debate. We know there are lots of challenges ahead for the people who plan and run health and care services in Tameside. They are working hard to find new ways of providing support to people. More people are needing support more of the time (we’re able to live longer with some illnesses than we could before) but the amount of money available to provide services isn’t increasing. There are also national shortages of staff in some key areas (e.g. emergency medicine consultants).

The aim of our Big Health and Care Debate is to help you, our local population, to understand what some of these challenges are. There are some big projects coming along that we want to help you to be able to influence and we hope our debates will help you have the knowledge you need to do this.

Some of the topics discussed in our first Big Health and Care Debate included:

  • 7 day access to GP services
  • The national shortage of GPs
  • More joined up working between health and social care
  • The challenge of most NHS care being free for the patient but social care having a financial assessment attached to it
  • How to tackle the problem of people not turning up for medical appointments
  • What people can do when they are not happy with their care
  • How ‘expert patients’ can help and support other people with the same medical condition
  • How people can be encouraged and supported to live healthier lives – and how this can help them to live longer and more happily

The projects coming along that you can have a role in influencing are:

  • Care Together – changes to the way that local health and care services work together in Tameside and Glossop
  • Healthier Together – focusing on changes to A&E and General (stomach) surgery for people needing the most risky/specialist services (we think this is less than 5% of A&E and around 100 planned operations per year)
  • Greater Manchester Devolution – looking at how some plans and priorities can be set at a Greater Manchester level rather than by national bodies.

Please contact our office (0161 667 2526) and speak to a member of the Healthwatch team if you’re interested in finding out more about how you can get involved.

Annual General Meeting and 1st anniversary celebration June 2014

We presented our annual report to the members and we celebrated our first birthday with cake!
Cake cutting - Steven Pleasant (TMBC) and Kailash Chand (Healthwatch Tameside chair)
The Healthwatch volunteers were presented with certificates, as a thank you for their volunteer hours.

A number of Tameside organisations had stalls at the event:-

  • ABL Healthcare Ltd
  • Community & Voluntary Action Tameside
  • MRL Healthcare Ltd
  • Pennine Care
  • Person Centred Care Services Ltd
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stroke Association
  • Sure Care Stockport & Tameside
  • Tameside Community Response team
  • Tameside Health & Wellbeing service
  • Tameside Hospital Information Centre
  • Tameside Safeguarding team

If you would like information about any of these organisations, please ring the Healthwatch office on 0161 667 2526, and we can provide contact details.


 The official launch of Healthwatch Tameside13 May 2013