The meeting received the Healthwatch Barnsley Annual Report for 2017-18, setting out activities through the year and plans for 2018/19. The report identified in particular work in relation to “did not attend” for GP appointments, engagement with young people regarding sexual health and Healthwatch’s work with other organisations to influence services on behalf of Barnsley residents. The meeting noted Healthwatch’s plans for 2018/19, particularly in respect of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Hospital services review, child and mental health services, young carers and health equality.
The meeting noted proposals from the Council’s Communities Directorate to commission services for people with a learning disability during early 2019 and that the input of Healthwatch to this work would be welcomed.
(i) that the Healthwatch Barnsley Annual Report for 2017-18 be received and the important contribution made by Healthwatch to health and wellbeing in Barnsley be acknowledged; and
(ii) that the opportunity for Healthwatch to be involved in commissioning of services for people with a learning disability be welcomed and the Communities Directorate make appropriate arrangements for this.