Author: Simon Culley

Healthwatch Engagement Officer Job Vacancy

Local Healthwatch organisations were established as fully independent consumer champions run by local people, for local people. We are part of a national network of Local Healthwatch that was set up under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Healthwatch England is the national body for Healthwatch, working with the network of 152 local Healthwatch … Continued

New Digital Inclusion Report Released by ECSW

A new report produced by Engaging Communities South West has highlighted local people’s experiences with using digital or internet services during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Torbay Digital Inclusion Feedback Report was produced for a partnership of local organisations, including Torbay Council, the local NHS and voluntary, community and charity groups, who wanted to know … Continued

Two exciting new vacancies for Engaging Communities South West

Our flagship project, Digital Health Devon, which provides free online e-learning in the local health and social care sector, is expanding its service to the community due to local demand. To enable our digital service to grow and support more people, we are looking to recruit a Digital Health Devon Project Coordinator and an Administration … Continued

Healthwatch sets up new Network Meetings

This month Healthwatch Torbay – the independent healthcare consumer champion service we run – is working with NHS in Devon, asking people aged 18-40 to share their views about and attitudes toward COVID vaccination. Aleksandra, our Project Support Officer, says the more we understand people’s views the more equipped the NHS will be to deliver the … Continued

Welcome our newest colleague!

How do we make BAME lives matter at Torbay Council? How do we make BAME lives matter at Torbay’s public organisations? How do we make BAME lives matter in Torbay’s community and voluntary sector?   To help us  answer these and other vital questions, Emilia Smith has joined the Engaging Communities South West team in … Continued

JOB VACANCY – Lay Involvement Coordinator

Healthwatch Devon, Plymouth and Torbay is run in partnership by three local organisations – Colebrook South West, Healthwatch Torbay & Engaging Communities South West and Citizens Advice Devon. Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion for patients, carers, families, and everyone who uses health and social care services. A key role of a Local Healthwatch organisation … Continued

Torbay Community Helpline Helps Record Numbers

Over a year ago on March 16th 2020 the Torbay Community Helpline was launched to match people who need help with people who want to help during the COVID-19 crisis. They took the first calls from people worried about the impending lockdown that followed exactly a week later, on March 23rd. Initially, it was all … Continued

Torbay Carers Consultation Report Released

Across Torbay, over 17,000 people care for a friend or relative (according to Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust). Every three years, an inter-agency strategy is devised, aiming to meet the needs of carers in Torbay. Torbay Carers’ Service, with input from mental health services, adult social care, and the voluntary sector, developed a … Continued

Notice of the Board of Trustees 1st Annual General Meeting

Our Healthwatch Torbay and Engaging Communities South West Annual General Meeting (AGM) provides attendees the opportunity to hear the Chair’s report and a summary of the finances relating to last year’s organisational activities. Due to Covid restrictions the meeting will take place online on:   Monday 26th April 2021 7pm – 8.30pm   For further … Continued

Local Organisations seeking your views on using services digitally

A partnership of local organisations, including the NHS in Devon, Torbay Council and the voluntary sector, is asking the public to share their experiences with using digital or internet services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak has been a difficult time for us all, including local health, care, wellbeing and community support services such … Continued