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For better health and social care

News from the Healthwatch Assembly - 27 February


Our February Assembly covered a number of topics, but was particularly focussed on young people's mental health - from the work the Participation People are doing to increase mental health awareness and resilience, to the Government's plans (Green Paper) to change the way that children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are provided.

We were pleased to be asked to comment on the government's draft CAMHS Green Paper, which we have now done and submitted for information (see attached).

We also looked into missed GP appointments which is a big problem for the NHS in monetary terms, costing them millions of pounds each year. Missed appointments also cost the NHS in terms of staff time, as practices spend a lot of time checking that there are no safeguarding, mental health or welfare reasons behind no-shows.

If you weren't able to be there, never fear! All the presentations from the day are attached.

Our next Assembly will be held on the 23 May at St George's Hospital in Tooting. More information will be available nearer the time, so keep checking our website or sign up to our mailing list to be kept in the loop.


Proposed Government Changes to Children & Young People's Mental Health Services

HWW Response to CAMHS Green Paper

Young People's Mental Health & Resilience - Participation People

Missed GP Appointments - Wandsworth CCG