Whither Shaping?

“Shaping a Healthier Future” is the name of the process for changing the functions of the 9 acute general hospitals in NW London. Our earlier story “Stilettos and hatchets at the Civic Centre” reported on the public hearings of the Mansfield Commission into the Shaping project at Brent Civic Centre on 9 May. Since then Rob Larkman and other leaders of the Shaping team invited…

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Were you at Queen’s Park Day?

BPV  made one of its rare non-virtual appearances  at Queen’s Park Day on Sunday 13th September. On a mostly sunny day thousands of people enjoyed exciting performances, shows and stalls. We used our stall to show the flag and had some interesting conversations with local partners, even if the Great British Public’s mind was on other things. Not many people had time to fill in…

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The AGM that never was

On 2 September 2015 the Brent CCG held what it hoped would be its Annual General Meeting for 2014/2015. Only it wasn’t. As everyone who has belonged to an organisation knows, be it the mighty National Trust or a humble residents’ association, when you have an AGM you have to follow your constitution.   Unfortunately the CCG did not do this in spite of warnings…

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Cardiology Clinics: patient experience wanted

If you have used or tried to use one of the new Community Cardiology clinics which have been operating at the Willesden and Wembley Centres for Health & Care since the beginning of March we would like to hear from you. The background to our interest is explained in the separate blog on this Home Page. Today we sent the following letter to our local…

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Welcome to Healthwatch Brent Mark II

Brent Patient Voice (BPV) extends a warm welcome to Healthwatch Brent(HWB) in its new incarnation. Some of our members attended the Healthwatch Brent public meeting on 1st October (details below). We are pleased that although HWB is under new management there are familiar faces among the staff. Ian Niven, formerly Co-ordinator, is now Head of Healthwatch Brent and will be its public face. All operations…

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