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Research: Consultations and Surveys

Healthwatch South Gloucestershire has put together a survey about the Accessible Information Standard (AIS), which came into force in August 2016. This Standard sets out the support that people with a physical/ sensory impairment, or a learning disability should expect to receive when they use health and social care services.


Healthwatch South Gloucestershire is keen to find out:

  • if people have heard of the AIS

  • if people for whom the AIS applies are getting the information and support that they need


The survey can be completed online or via hard copies, upon request. People can also get in touch through a number of other ways:

Call:                     01454 543 402

Text:                    Text ‘sg’ followed by your story to 07860 021 603


Write:                  Healthwatch South Gloucestershire, c/o The Care Forum, The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol BS16 2QQ



For more information on what ther accesssibile information standart is click here: AIS - NHS England link


Thank you from Healthwatch South Gloucestershire for taking the time to complete the survey. Your feedback will help us enormously.

Please see email statement below from Autistica: NHS plan commits to “happier, healthier, longer lives”


NHS England has published its Long Term Plan - stating how £20 billion will be spent on improving NHS services over the next 5-10 years. For the first time, NHS England has made improving healthcare for autistic people a top priority.


We worked with the NHS to shape this plan and they now share our vision, stating a commitment to 'happier, healthier, longer lives' for autistic people and their families. The NHS plan commits to:


  • Reduce preventable deaths

  • Pilot health-checks for autistic adults.

  • Improve community mental health support and suicide prevention

  • Reduce diagnostic waiting times for children

  • Halve the number of autistic people or people with a learning disability in inpatient care

  • Provide more training for NHS staff on autism and learning disabilities

  • Ensure all local services making reasonable adjustments for autistic people

  • Increase volunteering and internship opportunities for autistic people


Read more about how the plan affects you


A lot more work will be needed to deliver these commitments. We’ll continue to work closely with people across the NHS to progress these and other community priorities like adult diagnosis.


My sincerest thanks,


Ed at Autistica

Policy and Public Affairs Lead

The NAS has set up a survey titled "Poll: Autism Friendly Changes"  Your feedback is important! Here is the survey

NAS has launched a campaign, Not Enough, demanding better support and services for autistic people.


You'll find that a shocking two in three autistic people in England don't get the support they need, which could equate to up to 327,000 autistic adults in England. Current support is simply not enough.


Have a look and take our action to invite your MP to our event in parliament in November

I am a second year trainee clinical psychologist, currently recruiting autistic adults for an online research study on body image and eating. I am aiming to recruit 150 autistic adults and 150 non-autistic adults. Those interested can participate using the link below, and the study takes around 30 minutes to complete. The study has ethical approval from Royal Holloway University of London and was piloted with members of the autism community.


Please see the participant information sheet for the study, for your reference.


Heather Westwood, PhD, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Royal Holloway University of London

Do you or someone you care for use NHS Special Care Dental Services in the South West?


If you or someone you care for or support use Special Care Dental Services in the South West then NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE and NHSI) would like to hear from you. The views of patients, potential patients, parents, carers and advocates will be gathered to help shape future developments of Special Care Dental Services in the region.


Special Care Dental Services focus on improving the oral health of people who have a health condition or have circumstances which prevents them from using a high street dentist. It is these people that the NHS would like feedback from about their awareness and experience of using these services.


Examples of those using the service include:

  • People suffering from anxiety and/or extreme phobia of dental treatment

  • People with learning difficulties and/or autism

  • People with physical disabilities

  • People experiencing dementia

  • Patients who need bariatric equipment

  • People undergoing treatment for cancer

  • Some homeless people


NHSE and NHSI are working in partnership with local Healthwatch to capture the views of those using the services or are eligible to do so. More information about eligibility can be found here – I’d encourage you to read this as eligibility is very specific. Feedback can be given via an online survey which you can find by following this link. Paper copies are also available as well as copies in Easy Read which can be found here.


Please note that the survey focuses only those people who have used the service. We would also be interested to hear from people who are eligible but do not use the service and why this may be.


The engagement work will run until 4 October 2019. On completion of the engagement, NHSE and NHSI will analyse the feedback, publish the findings and explain the next steps. If you would like more information please contact:

Care and Support Charging and Financial Assessment Framework


Bath & North East Somerset Council is proposing to introduce a Care and Support Charging and Financial Assessment Framework. This will change some of the ways in which they allocate their resources and calculate the charge you will pay.


They want to ensure that they continue to protect the most vulnerable people in the community and by implementing the Care and Support Charging and Financial Assessment Framework they will allocate funding to meet people’s needs.


They want to find out what people think about the proposals and they will ensure that your views are taken into account before a final decision is made. The consultation will run until 3 December 2019. Please click here to find out more information and take part in the consultation 

Skills for Care are asking for your experiences with Annual Health checks by way of a short survey.


People with a learning disability can have a free Annual Health Check from a doctor. More people have a health check in some areas than others. We want to find out why more people in some areas have health checks.  We also want to find out what we can do about it.


Please complete the survey by Monday the 25th November.