Youth Panel Events
On 6th June, Healthwatch Sandwell took a group of students from Sandwell College on a visit to the West Midlands Ambulance Service headquarters at Brierley Hill.
We were welcomed by Sue Green, the trusts Deputy Director for Nursing and Quality who gave an overview of the trust, before taking us on a tour of the headquarters where we saw the operations of Patient Transport, Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) HR, FInance and finally the Emergency Operations Centre. At 11am the team joined the WMAS staff for a minutes silence in memory of those killed and injured in the terrorists attacks in Manchester and London and also thinking of the emergency services staff who worked so hard during and after these terrorist attachs.
Finally, we were joined by the trust Chief Executive Anthony Marsh in a group photograph (photo courtesy of West Midlands Ambulance Service)
For more information about West Midlands Ambulance, please visit their website HERE
On 12th April 2017. young members from the Yemeni Community Centre joined Healthwatch Sandwell volunteers and staff members on a visit to the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick.
The group were able to se how the construction of the new hospital is progressing, together with an update from David Holloway, the Project Director from Carillion.
On 12th April 2017, Healthwatch Sandwell hosted a question and answer session for members of Sandwell Young Carers to talk with clinical representatives of Sandwell Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provided by the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT).
The CAMHS service is for children and young people who have complex mental health problems. CAMHS also aim to support the families of children and young people who have mental health needs.
Sandwell Young Carers were able to share their experiences and the CAMHS members were able to say how they support young people with mental health needs, the therapies that they provide and how youg people can access their service in a number of ways. More information about the CAMHS service is available on the BCPFT webite HERE
A further session is being planned for the summer holidays.
To find out more about Sandwell Young Carers, please visit their website HERE
On 10th February 2017, HealthwatchSandwell were joined by students from Sandwell College to visit the site of the new Midlan Metropolitan Hocpital under construction on Grove Lane, Smethwick. The students, studying health and social care were joined by members of college staff. Also in attendance was Bill Hodgetts, Healthwatch Sandwell board member and their representative on the Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust board. Bill said 'It is a great opportunity for Healthwatch Sandwell to give these young peoplethe opportunity to see the development of health services in Sandwell, they well make a career in health and this new building could be their future place of work'.
Also accompanying the visit was Ruth Wilkin, Director of Communications at the trust and David Hollywood who is the Project Director for the main contractor, Carillion.
More pictures can be seen in Youth Zone Media