Congratulations to Manchester M.E. patient Karen Morris, who has persuaded her local Healthwatch to run a qualitative online survey about the services available to people with ME/CFS in the Trafford area.
In their 45-question survey, Healthwatch Trafford ask patients to provide brief illness histories and then run through a series of easy-choice questions to find out how well they have been dealt with by local health services – particularly at GP and hospital levels. It can be filled in online HERE.
For people who find it difficult or impossible to work online, the questionnaire can be printed off and then returned by post.
Information is primarily sought from people living in the Trafford area of Greater Manchester but we understand that questionnaires completed by people living outside the area may be shared with other Healthwatches. M.E. specialist paediatrician Dr Nigel Speight helped design the questionnaire and the project is supported by the Patients Association.
Karen Morris said today: “By gathering this information, Healthwatch will be able to identify where services are doing well and where they need to improve. They can then work with services and commissioners to make them better. Healthwatch will publish a report about the findings but individuals' answers will never be made public.”
Healthwatch England was set up by the Coalition Government in 2011 as an independent, people's champion for the NHS and now has Healthwatches in 152 local authority areas. It is not connected to the Healthwatch charity.