Our Key Projects

Find out more about our current projects

Access to GP Primary Care in Somerset

Healthwatch Somerset is carrying out a research project after receiving a lot of feedback from local people about getting access to primary care within their GP practice.  Primary care means the first place people go when they need health advice or treatment for symptoms that are new, or for concerns about physical or mental health.

We want to find out more about your experiences of accessing care through GP surgeries in Somerset.  We want to identify the barriers that make it difficult for you to get the care you need and highlight the ways that GP surgeries make it easier for you to access care.  The information we collect will be shared with those who commission and deliver GP primary care, to help them improve the services they provide.

The engagement work includes an online survey that can be completed at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HWSomersetGP/.
Hard copies are available upon request from Healthwatch Somerset.  All feedback and responses will be anonymous.  The survey closes on Friday 13 March 2020.

Our volunteers will also be visiting a sample of GP Surgeries across the county to listen to your experiences and answer questions about this research.

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Somerset Maternity Voices Partnership

We are supporting Somerset Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP), an independent forum for women & families to share their experiences with maternity services in Somerset.

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NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS has produced a Long Term Plan, setting out all the things it wants health services to do better for people across the country.  Your local NHS needed to hear from you about what those changes should look like in your community.  Our report has now been published that details the engagement work carried out by Healthwatch Somerset around the NHS Long Term Plan.

Read the final report, July 2019.

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Campervan Tour 2019

Healthwatch Gloucestershire staff and volunteers took the roads of the county in March to find out what people think about local health and social care services.

Read more about what we did and where we went here.

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