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 In this issue:


  • Volunteer for Healthwatch Tameside
  • Partnership Engagement Network (PEN)
  • Help develop a NICE guideline
  • Macmillan Cancer support - focus group
  • Pennine Care mental health wards survey
  • Care Quality Commission reports


Volunteer for Healthwatch Tameside

Calling all new volunteers!

Can you can spare a few hours each month?

Do you love talking to people?

Do you want to help make a difference?

Please ring us on 0161 667 2526.

We are looking to recruit more volunteers, to help with our work in the community.

For more information see here.




Partnership Engagement Network (PEN)

On 15 October 2018 over 70 participants gave their views in a series of diverse workshops including Frailty, Community Safety, Patient Centred Diagnosis Discussions in Long Term Conditions, Collaborative Practice in Primary Care, Tameside’s Big Food Debate and Children’s Emotional Health & Wellbeing. A copy of the feedback report can be found here.

The PEN family database continues to grow with residents, patients, service users, stakeholders, partners and voluntary and community groups from across Tameside & Glossop signing up to hear about upcoming PEN and engagement and consultation activity. Help them to keep you updated by making sure you are signed up to the PEN Family Database here.



Help develop a NICE guideline

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health, and provide social care support. Their guidance is based on research evidence and takes into account the views of people working in or using relevant services, and other stakeholder groups.

They are currently looking for :

  • a parent, guardian, or unpaid carer of a baby who has used NHS services sometime in the last 2 years
  • 2 young people between the ages of 16 and 18 who have used NHS services sometime in the last 2 years.

Your experience of the NHS may have been gained through:

  • regular visiting to your GP
  • frequent hospital admissions
  • an ongoing medical condition that requires regular appointments or treatment.

Time needed: Meetings happen roughly every 6 weeks for 18 months.

Meetings happen in: London (they will pay for you to travel to meetings and stay overnight if required)
Payment: £150 per meeting (plus additional expenses)

Closing date: 5pm - 12 December 2018

More information about the role and how to apply please visit their recruitment page

Any questions? Contact the public involvement team: PIPrecruitment@nice.org.uk or 0161 870 3020.

Macmillan Cancer Support focus group

Macmillan Cancer Support are looking to develop their work with local councils and want to find out from people across Greater Manchester, how local councils can best support people living with cancer.

They are holding a focus group on 3rd December at the Manchester Conference Centre near to Manchester Piccadilly station, and want to know what support people living with cancer and their carers need, and to hear people’s first-hand experiences, to help shape their work with councils.

When: 5-7pm, 3rd December 2018
Where: Manchester Conference Centre, M1
Reasonable travel expenses will be covered, and food and refreshments will be provided.
If you are interested in taking part in this focus group, or have any questions about it, please get in touch with Lucy Barnett via email on LBarnett@macmillan.org.uk or telephone on 020 7840 4812

Pennine Care mental health wards survey

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust is considering whether it moves to Same Sex Accommodation on their Older People’s and Adult in-patient mental health wards. Over the last few months they have been engaging with patients, staff, families and carers on their wards and gathering feedback. This feedback has been used to create themes and questions which are included in the final stage of engagement – an on-line survey. The survey questions have been developed with the support of an independent analyst and the Consultation Institute.

Please find below a link to the survey:


Care Quality Commission reports

These reports have been issued by the Care Quality Commission since our last ebulletin. Clicking on the links will take you to the relevant CQC website page.





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