IRU - Monday 15th November 2021

Healthwatch Stockport's Information Round-up publishing every week. Read about the latest news, updates and events in Stockport.
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While You Wait - Waiting for Hospital Treatment

Millions of people have had their treatment delayed by the pandemic – are you one of them? We want to know if you’re getting the advice, information and support you need while you wait.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people having their operations, treatment and appointments cancelled or delayed to free up inpatient and critical care capacity.

While this helped medical staff respond to the crisis, it has resulted in a huge backlog of people waiting for treatment.

The latest data shows that the number of people waiting for routine operations and procedures in England is at its highest level since 2007 – currently at 5.45 million.

What could be improved?

At Healthwatch Stockport we know that not everyone is getting the help they need while they wait for care. That’s why as part of a national Healthwatch campaign we have launched a survey to understand your experiences.

Everything you tell us is confidential and will help us, the NHS and its partners understand what needs to be put in place to better support people like you. So, whether it’s gynaecological surgery, a knee replacement, mental health treatment, or a biopsy you’re waiting for, if you’ve got a story to tell, we want to hear it.

Don’t like surveys? Then not to worry! We are also looking for people to document their journeys while they wait for treatment that we can use to help inform services. If you are happy for us to document your journey contact our office on 0161 974 0753.

Complete the 'While You Wait' Survey



Message from Jennifer Boswell (Carecall)

Do you know or support somebody who needs a little extra reassurance at home – or someone who may be at risk of falls? If so, do they know about the Carecall service that operates across Stockport?

Carecall is a 24hr support service that offers personal alarm monitoring and a falls lifting service – meaning no long waits on the floor for help and a friendly person to speak to if you need anything at all – 24hr a day, everyday!

The service is operated by Stockport Homes, who work in partnership with Stockport Council to deliver a range of quality support services.

Our 24hr alarm monitoring and falls response is just £6 per week – regardless of how many times a person requests help. Installation and set up is completely FREE and the first 6-weeks are also FREE - as this is funded by Stockport Council!

With the darker nights creeping in and the increasing demand on the Ambulance Service as winter pressures kick-in, now is a great time to set up Carecall and know help is on hand, 24hrs a day.

We can also support people with additional technology – such as temperature monitors, bed and chair sensors, falls detectors and door sensors – all at no additional cost.

To speak to a member of the team about your requirement, just call 0161 218 1655 or email

If you work in a health or social care team who wish to access the Fast-Track support line, please get in touch and ask to speak with a duty manager who can assist you in accessing this service. This means in urgent cases (i.e. hospital discharge) we can usually install equipment on the same day (if requested before 2pm) or the next day.

Our website is: and a simple explainer video about our service can be viewed here – or you can read / print our handy leaflet here


Briefing Integrated Care System at VSCE Sector

Message from Jo McGrath (Sector3)

A briefing for the Stockport VCFSE sector on the development of the new Integrated Care System.

About this event

This is a chance to find out more about the development of the new Integrated Care System (ICS) and how this will impact on local system design and the delivering of health outcomes in Stockport. Plus what our sector's role will be in this.

The presenters will be:

  • Kathryn Rees, Service Director Strategy and Commissioning, Stockport Council
  • Paul Lynch, Deputy director of Strategy, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Date and time

Wed, 1 December 2021

17:00 – 18:30 GMT

The event will be hosted on Teams - log in details will be shared in your ticket confirmation email.

Book on to event


Latest Statement from the Director of Public Health

Message from Alison North (Stockport Council)

While there has been a significant drop in positive COVID-19 cases this week, rates remain high in Stockport, at 328.5* per 100,000 or around 137.7 per day. See the latest published data online.

(* the latest figures for Stockport validated on 11.11.21)

You can take a look at the latest statement from Director of Public Health, Jen Connolly, here.

Generally on our social channels we will continue to be sharing the Covid’s still here messaging, asking residents to get a vaccine when called – especially to get two vaccines and the booster, to continue lateral flow tests along with the hands, face, space and ventilation messages.

In addition, a new pop up COVID-19 vaccination clinic offer in Stockport is opening next week until Saturday, 18 December, at Stockport Hub in Mersey Square, Stockport Town Centre.  Feel free to use it in your publication, website or channel. It has been published on the CCG News page today.

The ‘Stockport Safe and Well this winter’ campaign is continuing with a focus on Self Care as next week is Self Care Week so look out for social media messages you can share on your own channels and with your employees. There’s also lots of information and top tips on our dedicated webpages

For information, there are two new Public Health resources available (attached):

  • An ‘Age Well In Stockport’ winter brochure for those 60+
  • A ‘Living with a Long Term Health Condition’ leaflet

These contain updated contact information to the right support groups in Stockport who can help people stay physically and mentally well. Please share with anyone who would benefit, including practitioners.

If you would like any of the above as printed copies, please email and we will arrange delivery.

An ‘Age Well In Stockport’ winter brochure for those 60+
A ‘Living with a Long Term Health Condition’ leaflet

The Sharon Fallows Corner

Message from Sharon Fallows

great visual about general practices and the work that goes on
How to encourage ment to talk about their mental health at work
Just for dads at St Chads – new group for new and expectant dads – Saturdays 9-30 till 10-30am – Romiley (0-4 years olds 10-30 till noon)
Just for dads at St Chads – new group for new and expectant dads – Saturdays 9-30 till 10-30am – Romiley (0-4 years olds 10-30 till noon (2)
New women’s walking football – Wednesday 1 – 2pm- Brinnington – Age UK Stockport
the attachment network – a termly meeting for Stockport staff working with children with attachment or trauma needs – Romiley
The rucksack project drop of points

Updates from Mark Emery

Message from Mark Emery (Stockport Homes)

Please see the latest updates shared from all our partners across the borough.

Self-Care Week starts on the 15th November so please share with all your colleagues and partners the timetable attached of all the fantastic events taking place

Time To Talk Coffee Morning poster
Functional Skills in English - December


Gambling support for Greater Manchester

Message from Samantha Fielding (Stockport Council)

Last week was the gambling industry’s annual “Safer Gambling Week”. After consulting with experts by lived experience and public health leads, the GM programme decided not to support or connect to any public facing activity with this campaign. Although Safer Gambling Week seeks to raise awareness of an important issue, the messaging is generated and funded by the gambling industry to perpetuate a narrative of individual responsibility (increasing shame and stigma associated with gambling disorders) and deflect from the harmful nature of gambling products.

The team at GM have instead prepared a short guide to the support available for GM residents who may be experiencing gambling harms (attached) – please do share this resource with colleagues.

For more information about the gambling harms reduction programme, visit the website.

Gambling support in Greater Manchester

Health Information: How to Find the Truth

Message from Sara Brylyn (Stockport Libraries)

From vaccinations and Covid, to dieting and exercise—we are bombarded with health information these days. But not all the messages are saying the same thing.

We want to make good decisions based on accurate information, but where do we find that?

James Ryan, Health Librarian from Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, will be guiding us through the world of health information. Learn how to find and use reliable, accurate health information resources.

Tuesday, 30 November, 5:30pm-6:30pm at Stockport Central Library, SK1 3RS

The event is free, but please register your interest by email to or by speaking with a member of library staff.  Drop-ins are welcome, we just don’t want to run out of biscuits!

Health Information
Health Info poster
Health Info Graphic Twitter

Self Care Week - BOOST Sessions

Message from Steve Flynn (BOOST)

It’s Self Care Week and we’ve got a bumper programme of activities.

Our focus is rightly on supporting service users but this week is a timely reminder that we all need to consider our wellbeing and as the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

With that in mind, we’d like to welcome along members of Stockport’s fantastic support network to any of our sessions next week (see attached ‘BOOST sessions’). Have a bit of fun and get a good sweat on.

Drop me a line/call if you fancy it :  07808773264

BOOST sessions - @Nov 21

Self Care Week - Viaduct

Message from Lizzie Austin (Pure Innnovations)

Please see below and attached info on the programme of events taking place next week from Viaduct.

Self care Week 2021 programme

Digital People-Final 20 Places!

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

Digital People are running a coding course for young people – see below and attached flyer for details.

Digital People Flyer

Men's Health Tool Kit

Message from Vanessa Fisher (Answer Cancer)

Please find attached a Men’s health took kit for you to use on your SM platforms.

Mens Health 1
Mens Health 2
Mens Health 3
Mens Health 4
Mens Health 5
Mens Health Focused Tool Kit 2021

Pure Innovations Stockport Community Connections

Message from Amelia Harrington (Pure Innovations)

Please share with your contacts who could benefit from this new art Project!

KIDS in partnership with Pure Innovations is seeking young disabled people aged between 13- 25 year olds, to participate in a series of weekly arts-based workshops at Vernon Park to connect, make friends and have fun.

To find out more please contact: Anisa Saleh, Project Coordinator on 07815 922 910 or


Diabetes UK Update November 2021

Message from Lisa Holland (Diabetes UK)

World Diabetes Day and our North of England Community Blast

During November, around World Diabetes Day, the North of England Team at Diabetes UK are distributing the attached Community Blast to as many people affected by diabetes as possible. We want people to know that, although living with diabetes can be tough, they are not alone and Diabetes UK is there for them. We would like to ask for the group’s help in achieving this. Anything you can do to help us spread the word, including among your organisation’s staff as well as the people you work with, would be very much appreciated.

World diabetes day is on 14th November and this year marks 100 years since the discovery of a treatment that has saved millions of lives around the world – insulin. For World Diabetes Day 2021, we're celebrating this incredible breakthrough and the century of life-changing diabetes discoveries it inspired. You can find out more about world diabetes day and how to get involved here:

Updated Diabetes UK position statement on access to FLASH Glucose monitoring

We’ve updated our flash position statement to reflect the latest evidence and some of the wider policy asks we’ve been making, including in our Diabetes Is Serious campaign. In brief, we are calling for all people with T1D and people with T2D who use insulin intensive therapy to be given access to it. You can view the full position here:  Our updated position aligns closely with the one recently published by the Diabetes Technology Network, meaning there is a unified patient and clinician voice on this subject to help strengthen the case for wider access.

Diabetes and Insulin: The essentials

We have worked collaboratively with healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes in Leeds to develop a new resource for people using insulin to manage their diabetes. Whether you are new to insulin or have been using it for a while, Diabetes and Insulin: The essentials, sets out the care and support everyone using insulin to manage their diabetes should expect. You can now download the digital or print versions of the insulin essentials and find out more about the project here:

Community Blast Nov 2021

Celebrity Sue Johnston OBE Opens Charity Christmas Card Shop

Message from Louise Russell

Taking time out of her busy schedule, Actor Sue Johnston OBE opened the Combined Charities Christmas Card shop on Saturday 30th October.

The shop, back in Wilmslow library after its missed year due to covid, looked as festive as ever with its range of over 300 different card designs from 30 local and national charities available to purchase from now until 11th December.

Sue Johnston, who lives in Wilmslow and is known for playing Sheila Grant in the soap opera Brookside, Barbara Royle in the comedy The Royle Family, Miss Denker in Downton as well as having many other roles including in Coronation Street and Waking the Dead, performed the official opening.

She said “Sheila initially contacted me last year about opening the shop, following the postponement of that I was delighted to support such an incredible local initiative as they reopen this year. I am amazed that it has been running for 50 years and has raised £5.5 million!” she added. Even though I shop here every year, I am particularly pleased to help out this year as I know how hard it has been for all charities and anything that we can do to help is good. The range of cards available means I won’t be going anywhere else for mine”.

Ms Johnston spent 30 minutes chatting with customers and volunteers whilst browsing the shop and buying cards and some festive gifts including a flying bee which is literally “flying” out of the door. She also had time for a photo with Lady, a show cocker spaniel, who is currently in training with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Fellow Queen’s Honours award winner and founder of the Christmas Card Shops, Sheila Hallas MBE said, “We were thrilled that Sue could attend to launch our 2021 shop. This year is our half century celebration and we are thrilled that someone as busy as Sue has given up her time to open the shop.” 

The Wilmslow shop is open every day, except Sunday, until 11th  December. This year shops will also be open in Macclesfield and Altrincham libraries during standard library working hours and in Knutsford Curzon cinema from 4th November weekly from Wed – Sat until 3rd December. Full details of opening times can be found on Cards can also be purchased online.

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Sue Johnston

Stockport Maternity Voices Partnership - Induction of labour survey

Message from Meg Hill (Stockport Maternity Voices Partnership)

It would be really appreciated if you could share with your networks where appropriate and encourage people to fill it in so we get some really rich, quality data. I anticipate it being open indefinitely but it may be that we close it and re-run in the future depending on how many responses we get.

Take the survey

The details:

This survey is for people who gave birth under Stepping Hill Hospital in the labour ward, birth centre or at home within the last 3 years.

Please complete it if:

- you were offered an induction and accepted it

- you were offered an induction but declined it

- you were offered an induction but your baby arrived before it could take place.

You cannot be identified by the survey results. The results will be used to help Stockport NHS Foundation Trust improve the induction of labour experience for families giving birth within and around Stockport.

It should take you around 10 minutes to complete.

Information and Signposting

For up to date health and social care information, signposting and guidance call Healthwatch Stockport on

0161 974 0753 10am - 2pm or email  

Or do you have a health or social care experience you want to share – how did your last appointment with your GP or dentist go? Are you frustrated or thrilled with the service you received – let us know so we can work with local services to influence better commissioners and better outcomes for you and your family. Contact the Healthwatch Stockport office above or submit feedback here at

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