Healthwatch, Cheshire, Boater Access to Health Care Project

Healthwatch, Cheshire, Boater Access to Health Care Project

The Waterways Chaplaincy is collaborating with Healthwatch, Cheshire who are to investigate Boater Access to NHS health care in the Cheshire area.  The project is being actively supported by CRT.

Healthwatch are the official body monitoring NHS health care in regions across  England and Wales.  They monitor the delivery of health services and investigate problems that arise in local areas.

Healthwatch, Cheshire, needless to say, look after Cheshire.  Having been made aware of the potential challenges boaters can experience, gaining access to medical care, especially GP services, a specific project has been set up to collect evidence of such problems.  The findings of the research and any recommendations as to how those problems should be addressed, will be used to inform future service provision. The report produced will be passed to higher level bodies including NHS England.

To collect evidence of boater experiences the project is seeking to reach out to as many boaters as possible. They will be doing this in three ways.

First:  A simple survey which can be accessed on line via: 

Second:  Copies of the survey form will be left at local marinas, together with either collection boxes or prepaid envelopes. Some forms may be given directly to boaters.

Third:  A series of directed discussion forums to be held at different locations near to the canals within Cheshire.  Four locations have been identified.

24th Jan 18 –  Methodist Hall,108 Booth Lane, Middlewich CW10 0EF         2.00pm-5.00pm
31st Jan 18 – Acton Village Hall,  Chester Road, Nantwich CW5 8LG             6.00pm-8.00pm
6th Feb 18 – Anderton Village Hall, New Road, Anderton CW9 , 6AE            1.30pm – 3.30pm
12th or 16th Feb 18 –   Stoak  Village near Cheshire Oaks Retail Park
(still being arranged at time of publication)

Healthwatch Cheshire volunteers will distribute posters about these events in the local area of each venue, including to boaters moored along the cut, where they are accessible.

It is intended that the report of this project will be publically released late in March.

It is hoped that the launch of the Project Report will take place at the CRT, National Canal Museum, Ellesmere Port.

Andy Taylor
NW Coordinato