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27th August 2021

A casual vacancy has arisen due to the resignation of Cllr Emma Plover on 24 August 2021.

The rule allows that 10 electors may request an election to fill the vacancy.  That request must be made to the Returning Officer by 17 September 2021.

If no election is called, the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

The Returning Officer's address is :

Electoral Services, Shropshire Council

The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

Tel 0345 678 9015

The Notice of Vacancy may be viewed by clicking on the link below

26th August 2021

Healthwatch Shropshire highlights successes during challenging year


Healthwatch Shropshire played a vital role during the past year in keeping the public updated about the Covid 19 pandemic and the constant changes during the early days and weeks of the vaccination programme. Its recently-published Annual Report 2020-21, highlights the charity’s successes as the team continued to listen to people’s experiences of health and social care services during this challenging time and shared the information with decision-makers.


During the year, Healthwatch Shropshire published 11 reports, based on information gathered through surveys and online focus groups, that included 139 findings and 40 recommendations for improvement.


The reports covered a range of issues including the impact of lockdown on access to services and general wellbeing; families’ experiences of end of life and palliative care of a loved one; and mothers’ experiences of mental health services during pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life. The Annual Report highlights the positive difference the information made in helping providers to improve services, including the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust that based the development of its new model for Maternal Mental Health hubs on information provided by Healthwatch Shropshire.


Work has also been carried out on social prescribing for 16-25 year olds, hospital discharge during the pandemic, and a digital audit of care homes websites.


Vanessa Barrett, Chair of Healthwatch Shropshire, said: “I am very proud of Healthwatch Shropshire during 2020-21. In common with every other organisation, we had to make radical changes to the way we work, but our small team rose to the challenge enthusiastically.”


Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who is helping us put people at the heart of health and social care, including members of the public who shared their stories with us; our amazing staff and volunteers; local voluntary organisations that have contributed to our work; and the providers for listening to the public voice.”

The full report can be found at:

To find out more about the work of Healthwatch Shropshire and volunteering opportunities contact: 01743 237884



Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services. It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

24th August 2021

Please receive the latest programme update from Connecting Shropshire.

Check the files section below.



Ben Walker

Marketing and Engagement Manager

Connecting Shropshire

Economic Growth

Shropshire Council


Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY2 6ND

Phone: 01743 252203



23rd August 2021

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG is calling on the local community to share its views on proposals for an exciting health and wellbeing hub in Shrewsbury.  

The hub will pilot a new approach to providing local health and wellbeing services that work seamlessly together to offer high quality care for the local community. The new facility, which could open in Autumn 2024, will be a fantastic resource with a range of health and wellbeing services provided by the NHS, local council and voluntary sector organisations under one roof, in a new state-of-the-art building. 

A listening exercise has been launched to understand what’s important to local people when they are accessing GP services and their views on whether they think a health and wellbeing hub would be beneficial for themselves and the local community.  

The listening exercise will run between 23 August 2021 and 26 September 2021. Local people can feed back their views by filling in the online survey here. Further information about the health and wellbeing hub can be found here.

People without internet access, can request a telephone interview to give us their views by calling 0121 611 0611. If you have any questions or for documents in other languages and formats, please email: or by call 0121 611 0611.

Kind regards,


Ajey Sharma

Engagement, Communications and Marketing Manager

NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit


M: 07795 520808


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