World Suicide Prevention Day – Working Together to Prevent Suicide.

5691 people took their own lives in England and Wales in 2019!

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Breaking down barriers is the 1st step to Suicide Prevention so we are encouraging you to reach out and talk.

For advice and support visit our dedicated suicide support page here .

or visit : Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope


It’s #OrganDonationWeek!

A great time to make, record and share your organ donation decision. 

Five points to consider

  • Organ donation saves lives but there is a shortage of donors. You can make an extraordinary difference
  • One donor can save or transform up to nine lives
  • Patients are dying while organs are going to waste
  • Even if your organs can’t be used, you could still help others by donating sight
  • You could leave your family feeling proud that you saved lives

Register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register

Tell your family and friends what you want so they can support your decision.

Find out more at

Sepsis Awareness Month

Call 999 or go to A&E if a baby or young child has any of these symptoms of sepsis:

  • blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
  • a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it, the same as meningitis
  • difficulty breathing (you may notice grunting noises or their stomach sucking under their ribcage), breathlessness or breathing very fast
  • a weak, high-pitched cry that’s not like their normal cry
  • not responding like they normally do, or not interested in feeding or normal activities
  • being sleepier than normal or difficult to wake

They may not have all these symptoms.

Call 999 or go to A&E if an adult or older child has any of these symptoms of sepsis:

  • acting confused, slurred speech or not making sense
  • blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
  • a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it, the same as meningitis
  • difficulty breathing, breathlessness or breathing very fast

They may not have all these symptoms. For more information see here

#Enjoy staffs safely

It’s time to enjoy days out. It’s time to enjoy special places. It’s time to #EnjoyStaffsSafely.

Look out for the industry standard we’re ‘Good to Go’ mark on over 350 businesses!

It shows they have introduced new ways of working to observe Government and public health guidelines, for example on social distancing and enhanced hygiene.

If you see it, you know clear processes and a COVID-19 risk assessment are in place for your visit. Read more


Are you going to get your flu vaccine this winter?

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs want to hear from those who are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine this year.  People will be asked a few short questions about getting the vaccine, and how they think it could be delivered widely across the county.  To let us know your views on the topic – please fill in this short survey  Read more

The survey closes on Wednesday 19th August.



Covid-19 residents survey

Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the people of Staffordshire and has affected everyone, from health and wellbeing, education, jobs and the wider economy.

You can now have your say in what you think the future priorities should be in Staffordshire for COVID-19 as life begins to go back to normal, in the Staffordshire COVID-19 residents survey.

It will only take ten minutes to complete and your valuable input will help to prioritise the next part of recovery.

The closing date for all completed responses is midnight Sunday 13th September 2020.

Take the survey here.


Transforming Health and Care services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent event.

In March this year, work to transform health and care services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent was paused, to allow partners to focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, the local health and care partnership, Together We’re Better, which is made up of NHS organisations, local government and voluntary and third sector organisations, is beginning to look to the future.

For more information Read more

To register, please click here



Healthwatch Staffordshire held their Annual Meeting on 24th July 2020.

The presentation published at the meeting is now available to view for anyone who could not attend or would like to review the content.

The Vice-Chairman of Together we’re better was a guest speaker at the meeting and their presentation is also included.


Join us for Healthwatch Staffordshire’s Annual Meeting via Zoom.

Healthwatch Staffordshire Annual Meeting 2019 – 2020 (Virtual – Zoom)

On the 24 July 2020 at 10:30 am Healthwatch Staffordshire are holding the 2019 – 2020 Annual Meeting. It would be great to see many new and returning faces. The meeting will showcase annual work and highlight plans for the next twelve months. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions, whether that be on work completed, planned work, finances or community engagement and outreach. 

To join the virtual meeting please visit our Annual Meeting Agenda where you will find the Zoom link and log in details.

Date: 24 July 2020

Time: 10:30 – 12:30  

Venue: Virtual – Zoom 

Share your health and social care experiences and complete our Coronavirus Impact Survey.

To make a difference we need to hear your voice!

Lets work together so that we can help shape your future in Health and Social care whilst recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.


Our 2019/20 Annual Report has been published!

Read about our work and see what impact we have had, with your help, on Health and Social Care services in Staffordshire.

Coronavirus Update

Healthwatch Staffordshire Update

During the current Coronavirus outbreak, Healthwatch Staffordshire staff are currently following guidance and operating from home locations. The Healthwatch Staffordshire service will continue to be provided.

To contact us, use the messaging facility on our website HERE


Healthwatch Staffordshire

We’re an independent organisation set up to champion the views of patients and social care users in Staffordshire, with the goal of making services better and improving health and wellbeing. We want to hear about your views, needs and experiences to help Staffordshire get the best possible health and care.

Your views matter

The Long Term Plan sets out what the NHS wants to do better, including:

  • Making it easier for people to access support closer to home and via technology
  • Doing more to help people stay well
  • Providing better support for people with cancer, mental health conditions, heart and lung diseases, long-term conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, learning disabilities and autism, and for people as they get older and experience conditions such as dementia.

Your local NHS needs to hear from you about what it should do to make care better for your community.

Share your views and help make care better.