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This site has no relation whatsoever to the Local Healthwatch  developed by  the Care Quality Commission and Department of Health or any other organisation of a similar name. We receive no government,local authority,  NHS or Health and Social Care Private Sector sponsorship and are completely independent

Finding and Comparing Cancer Treatment


A new  online service comparison tool to help people  find and compare  Cancer treatment services. By using the ‘Find Your Treatment’ search tool you can search for information on NHS cancer services by postcode, hospital or cancer type.  For each service you can access detailed reports that explain the quality of the service provided by the hospital or cancer service.

Vasculitis UK  web site

Accurate and up to date information about everything to do with vasculitis.Vasculitis UK is run by people with vasculitis for people with vasculitis and for their families and carers.


This resource has been compiled from a comprehensive and up to date range of resources to support Hospitals in meeting the Dementia Action Alliance 'A Right Care Call to Action' to create Dementia Friendly Hospitals. It has been aligned with the National CQUIN for Dementia to help Hospitals in working towards this and the NHS change model.

Supporting  Hospitals to Become  Dementia Friendly

The Neighbourhood Works

Instead of identifying the deficiencies of a community Forever Manchester uses the asset-based community development approach, which identifies the strengths and skills that are already present in neighbourhoods.


HEART UK Cholesterol Charity

Is for anyone affected by raised cholesterol. They bring people together, provide information, support, education and campaign for improved identification & standards of care.


Digital Services Cornwall CIC (DiSC)

A not-for-profit social enterprise with the  aim  to exploit technology to improve the quality of people’s lives through helping them to help themselves


The Kings Fund will answer questions on a range of topics; provide a list of references, find a figure or statistic, check a book reference or point you in the direction of other useful resources. In addition they offer an in-depth literature search service, for further details:


KINGS Fund Information Service

The Nuffield Trust 

Independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK. Web site with health research, analysis, and information


The National Careline 

is a not for profit company offering information about care and support for older people, their carers and their families. Their web site portal is free to use at: http://www.thenationalcareline.org/


One Stop Shop for Care Coordination

Yecco is a free social media platform along with products, services and information,theat offers a one-stop-shop that helps co ordinate the support and care of elderly or vulnerable people in our community.


There has been considerable concern at the significant fall in  the numbers of District Nurses. Partly as  a result of pressure from the nursing profession they DH published a  'new vision and

service model'  for district nursing. This  was

developed by a partnership of the Department of

Health, NHS Commissioning Board

Authority, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, and with

the  District Nurse leaders and practitioners. Its

intention was to set out the foundations of

district nursing services. Yet with much of this

strategy  'value and practice  based' there was

no mention of  tackling the continuing decline in

staff numbers.


So while there would be little argument with

the broad values and vision expressed in the

document , the McKinnsey Report still seemed to

hold  sway, particularly  in regard to shifting care into 'more costs effective settings' and 'increasing the productivity of District Nurses'.


So the lack of commitment to increasing staffing is no surprise as DN staff numbers continued to decline during 2012. New routine Nurse level Hospital and Community Services Staffing Figures  show  District Nursing numbers continuing to decline.

Community Nurse

A Case of the Disappearing Nurse- District Nursing?

UK charity to focussing solely on Paget’s disease of bone. It acts as a resource for those with the condition, the public and health professionals, offering information and support when necessary.


Paget’s Association

Better Health Web Site

Race Equality Foundation’s Better Health website has free briefings&resources to help staff promote race equality in their work


Anxiety Social Net is a free to join web based meeting place for persons afflicted with anxiety disorders, as well as those who have managed to overcome them. If you have a family member grappling anxiety disorders, you are encouraged to join too. http://www.anxietysocialnet.com

Anxiety Social Net

UK Stroke Contacts Map

This map provides a directory of stroke contacts across the UK. Stroke survivors and relatives and carers may find this a  helpful, enabling you to make contact with your local stroke team at any time after a stroke to gain referral back into services, where appropriate, or access support or advice  http://www.stroke.org.uk/

Combined Homeless and Information Network (CHAIN)

CHAIN is a database for people who work with rough sleepers and the street population in London. Gives a good picture of how many  rough sleepers on London streets  http://www.broadwaylondon.org/CHAIN

The Counselling Directory 

Free to use nationwide database of counsellors and psychotherapists who are members of a recognised professional body or those who have sent us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover.

A detailed library of fact-sheets featuring information about how counselling