Hackney Commissioning Intentions Event
It was a full house at the Tomlinson Centre on 2 February as over 150 residents, patient reps, carers, members of voluntary and community sector groups, and staff from City and Hackney CCG and the Council came together to talk about health and social care service priorities for the coming year.
The joint event was the first time that the CCG and Council have hosted the event together, reflecting their commitment to work more closely together to commission and provide health and social care services in the borough.
After finding out more about how services have been performing over the past year, as well as some of the financial challenges ahead, attendees broke off into smaller groups to discuss what they wanted to see delivered in key areas such as Adult Social Care, Maternity, Mental Health and GP services. Feedback from these sessions will be used to develop a joint commissioning intentions plan for 2016/17.
Hackney’s health devolution and integration pilot was also introduced and debated, with a panel including Cllr Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Dr Clare Highton, Chair of the CCG and Catherine Macadam who leads on Public and Patient Involvement at the CCG.
Cllr McShane said: “It was great to see so many people at the event, especially those who were coming to give their feedback for the first time. By working more closely together, and with partner organisations, the Council and CCG want to make sure, that as far as possible, health and social care services in the borough truly reflect what local people need and value.”
Catherine said: “Making sure the patient voice is not only heard, but is given proper weight in the commissioning process is absolutely vital. It was really encouraging to hear people relating their experiences and using them to discuss how services can be developed and improved.”
Presentations from the night, as well as more information on how you can get involved can be found here
City of London Commissioning Intentions Event
Our first ever City of London Commissioning Intentions event took place on Wednesday 24 February at the beautiful Guildhall Institute. Attended by more than 50 local residents and patients, representatives of community and voluntary sector as well as health and social care commissioners and service providers, the event was jointly organised by the CCG and City of London Corporation.
We were excited to be able to host an event with focus on City, and to be able to discuss the things that matter to our City residents and patients; a population who live in a unique part of London with less than 8,000 residents but more than 300,000 daily commuters.
Before breaking into groups to discuss local health, wellbeing and social care services the attendees heard from both the CCG and City of London about some of the key health issues affecting the area, how these are being addressed and what the plans are for 2016/17.
During the course of the event people had opportunities to share their experiences, make suggestions and ask questions about local priorities including
- how pregnant women and children can be best supported in City of London
- physical and mental health services that are available for City of London patients in a crisis
- the role of community pharmacists
- the plans for ensuring that City residents receive good quality health care close to home
- what happens when people are discharged from the hospital
The slides from the event are available here. We would like to thank everyone who attended the event. Your contributions will help us shape our plans for 2016/17 and beyond.