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Weekly update 4th April 2022

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer Support coming up
  3. Covid-19 Public Inquiry Consultation
  4. Healthwatch Survey
  5. Spelthorne Health and Wellbeing survey
  6. First Community’s new Patient Safety Partner role

If you prefer to listen to the weekly update, the link is below

1.  Coalition Update

Jonathan’s Blog on taking a Lateral Flow Test – We know that Covid cases are rising again and a few of our members have tested positive recently.  Jonathan, our Chair, who is visually impaired, wanted to share his experience of taking a Lateral Flow test without any sight.  If you would like to read Jonathan’s blog please click here.

We are recruiting! – We are looking for two Trainee Peer Researchers, please take a look.  The job description is available in easy read  and Standard print: Trainee-peer-researcher-JD-and-PS-v2.pdf (   

If you would like to apply for the role please complete our application form Please let us know if you would like the information in any other format.   Please note the closing date is Monday 18th April at 5.00 pm. 

If Peer Research is not your thing we also have a selection of other vacancies which can be found here!

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Design your own  Easter Egg competition – Our craft group is hosting a design your own Easter Egg Competition. A blank template is attached for you to let your creativity flow.  Please submit your entries to Yasmin or post to Yasmin at Astolat, Coniers way, Burpham, GU4 7HL.  If you are unable to print the template please contact Yasmin and she will arrange for one to be posted to you.

A £10 voucher will be given to the winner!

Join us at 12.00 noon on 12 April for the announcement of the winner and to hear more about our group!

Nothing is ever as it seems Murder Mystery Event – Join us for our Murder mystery Event which is part of our celebrations for this years World Book Night!  Everyone is welcome and we encourage you to bring your own refreshments such as a cream tea of your choice!  Please see the attached short read to set the scene for the event which will take place on Wednesday 20 April 2022 at 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Get More Active update – New Walking Football at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Surrey FA and the NHS have a free walking football session for people with long term health conditions. Please see attached document for details.

The Westway in Caterham (formerly the Douglas Brunton Centre) has had it’s official opening on the 4th April and has a full programme of activities and social events each week. Please see the attached programme for all the information.

3. Covid-19 Public Inquiry Consultation – The government has published draft terms of reference for the forthcoming public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic.  The independent public inquiry will examine the UK’s preparedness and response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to learn lessons for the future.

The inquiry is holding a public online consultation on its draft terms of reference to ensure that everyone can have their say on how the inquiry should go about its work. Anyone in the UK can take part in the online consultation, which is open until 7 April 2022 at 23:59. You can take part in the consultation here.

If you need the consultation in another format or language, please contact or write to: FREEPOST, UK Covid-19 Inquiry

4. Healthwatch Survey – Are you or your loved ones waiting for hospital care?  Millions of people have had their treatment delayed by the pandemic – are you one of them?  Healthwatch surrey want to know if you’re getting the advice, information and support while you wait?

The survey is for

  • People who are currently waiting for a hospital appointment, diagnostic test at hospital or hospital treatment?
  • People who have had a planned hospital appointment, planned diagnostic tests or planned hospital treatment since January 2021 (i.e not emergency treatment). 

The questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to complete.  To complete this survey please visit

If you would like a paper copy of this survey posted to you, or would like other support to complete the survey, please get in touch with Healthwatch Surrey

5. Spelthorne Health and Wellbeing survey – Today, North West Surrey Health and Care Alliance of which Spelthorne Borough Council is a partner, have launched a public survey to ask people of the Spelthorne Borough to share their views about what is important to them when it comes to health and wellbeing. The survey will be live from Monday 28th March until Thursday 28th April.

Please see details of how you can complete the survey below and for more information. If you need the survey in an alternative format please call 01784 446432 or email

The survey link is

6. First Community’s new Patient Safety Partner role – First Community has developed a new and exciting Patient Safety Partner role that is open to members of the public to work as an advisor to help us deliver safe healthcare across the organisation.  This is a new and innovative position which stems from a growing body of work both nationally and within First Community focusing on involving patients across all levels of healthcare with particular focus on improving safety.

First Community are seeking to recruit two Patient Safety Partners to each attend one meeting or committee a month that focuses on safety and quality. Membership of the group will be for a fixed period of 18 months and successful applicants will receive payment for involvement for attendance at the meeting. Reasonable expenses will also be covered for training required for the role and any preparation time prior to the meeting.  To find out more please click here for a news article or see the poster attached

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