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How we are engaging young people

Youth Out Loud! (YOL!) is a Healthwatch project run by children and young people. YOL! was launched on 8 April 2019 and it is supported by Richmond and Kingston Councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Achieving for Children.

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What we are doing about mental health

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  • Time to Change - Kingston has been selected as one of eight areas to tackle mental health stigma locally after winning a bid to become one of 2019’s Time to Change Hubs.
  • Review the transition of young people from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Services.
  • Review online server user experience of iCope Kingston Psychological Therapies Service
  • Chair and administrative support for the 'Thrive Kingston Mental Health Strategy and Planning and Implementation Group'
  • South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust Partner Fund - supporting a partnership approach to mental health awareness
  • Monitor progress of specialist service provision to people with Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) - report published.

How we are making an impact on hospital services

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  • Create an online hospital services patient experience survey
  • Research patient experience of inpatient wards at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust
  • Continue to monitor Kingston Hospital NHS Trust complaints and procedures

How we are supporting people with learning disabilities

  • Capacity building Healthwatch Kingston to improve access and support meaningful engagement with local people with a learning disability
  • Develop a new Learning Disability Task group of people living with a learning disability, their family and carers
  • Chair and administrative support for the 'Kingston All Ages Learning Disability Partnership Board'

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How we are making an impact within our community

  • The Community Care Task Group (CCTG) focuses care provided across Kingston. This year, the CCTG have prioritised research to understand the impact of services that are established or have been revised by the Kingston Coordinated Care (KCC) programme. With the initial project being on Connected Kingston and the Community Connector Service.
  • Kingston Community Reference Group for adult safeguarding was developed as an open group to allow people a safe space to share lived experiences of the safeguarding process, and whether recipients felt the Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) objectives had been achieved in their cases.  Collating and analysing this information remains a key priority to HWK.
  • The CRG aim to become a sustainable adjunct to the Kingston Safeguarding Adults Board.

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