Share your experiences of caring for someone with brain injury

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Healthwatch Thurrock is hosting an event for friends and families of people that have suffered a brain injury.

If you have known someone who has suffered a brain injury as a result of a stroke, hypoxic brain injury, or some other accident, then Healthwatch Thurrock wants to hear from you.

The event is an opportunity to share your views with local organisations over a cup of tea and cakes. You can share your experience of services, your opinion on support that was on offer, and your ideas on what was missing that you believe would have made a real difference.

There will also be an opportunity to speak to Headway Essex, The Stroke Association and other local organisations about support available to you.

Healthwatch Thurrock will be holding the free afternoon tea event at the Beehive, West Street, Grays, RM17 6XP on Friday, 22 May 2015 from 1pm – 4pm.

To book a place, or to discuss any issues relating to transportation, you can call the Healthwatch Thurrock office on 01375 389883.

Why not come along in a hat and help Headway Essex raise awareness of the effects of brain injury on the organisation's Hats 4 Headway Day

Kate Granger Awards

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There's four weeks left to nominate a person, team or organisation that has made a significant difference to patient care.

Entries for the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards will close to submissions on 29 May 2015.

The award celebrates people that have made a positive difference to patient care. It is named after Kate Granger, the terminally ill doctor who has worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through her #hellomynameis social media campaign. 

The judges are looking for an individual, team or organisation that has made a fantastic difference to patient care. In particular, they want evidence of:

  • An ambitious and innovative way of delivering care;
  • High-quality management and leadership;
  • An approach that can be easily measured and have a real impact;
  • How the approach has made a difference to patient care;
  • How it makes a difference in the long term;
  • How easily it can be replicated in other organisations.

The awards will be presented at Expo 2015 in September. If you would like more information, click here

Maternity tweetathon at hospital

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Basildon Hospital has successfully run a campaign on Twitter, revealing the behind-the-scenes action in a maternity department.

Social media users were treated to a unique insight into the inner working of the maternity department during Basildon University Hospital's most recent tweetathon. It took place on Tuesday 28 April, between 8am and 5.30pm, with staff tweeting regular updates about events and facts and figures within the department.

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