Watchdog survey will help drive standards of neurology care


A Health watchdog is calling on people with neurological conditions to share their views and experiences of the quality of services in Staffordshire.

More than 200,000 residents in the county are known to suffer from disorders of the nervous system.

And Healthwatch Staffordshire says their input will be vital in shaping how care is delivered in future.

The body has launched a new survey as part of a large-scale review of the range and quality of services in the county and wants as many patients as possible to take part.


Victoria Gibson, Research Manager for Healthwatch Staffordshire
Victoria Gibson, Research Manager for Healthwatch Staffordshire

Victoria Gibson, Research Manager for Healthwatch Staffordshire, said:

“Previous research suggests there are gaps in the service for neurology care, particularly relating to the time it takes to access treatment, the level of communication and timely access to specialist care”.

“We’ve been working with the Staffordshire Neurological Alliance, Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent and representatives from the Hospital Trusts across the county to develop a survey which will reflect patient experiences”.

“Large numbers of people are affected by neurological disorders and we need around 2,000 participants by the middle of May to ensure we have a significant sample size.”

Findings from the anonymous survey will be used by health providers and commissioners to improve services in future.

Paul Astley, of Healthwatch Stoke, said: “The questions cover a wide variety of neurological conditions, which can be quite different in nature”.

“The information provided will be crucial in helping us to understand what progress is being made in improving the services and what still needs to happen.”

Patients can access the survey by going to

Anyone requiring more information or wishing to submit their information via post can contact Victoria Gibson, telephone (01785) 221704, email