Getting Hackney Talking

Ridley Road concluded the recent installment of ‘Let’s Talk’, a series of special events to help shape plans for local health and care services with the views from local people.

Launching in October and featuring four themed events, over 200 residents worked with staff from the main local health and care organisations to have their say on plans for next year. Staff took part from City and Hackney CCG, Hackney Council, Homerton Hospital and Healthwatch Hackney.

From showcasing plans about the future of community services based around GP practices in Neighbourhoods and hospital outpatient care, Let’s Talk also included an event with Peabody Housing Association about staying healthy, and a market stall at Dalston’s Ridley Road Market to give residents a chance to drop by and have their say. Attendees got talking throughout each of the four events about some of the most important things to them, including: plans for out of hours GP services; help and support moving from hospital to home; support for children with special educational needs and disabilities; mental health services for people with moderate to severe needs; patient choice and control; and health and care information that can be easily used.

Mark Rickets, Chair of the City and Hackney CCG, said: “The views of local people are essential if we are to develop health and care services which meet the needs of our local communities; that’s why Let’s Talk and other engagement opportunities are so valuable. Not only can residents feedback on our future plans, they can use their lived experiences to tell us what’s working well and what’s not. During the four events we heard concerns about some big issues affecting people’s lives, including support for residents with learning disabilities, loneliness and isolation and how we can use tech more effectively in health and care. We’re now looking to arrange some more Let’s Talk events in the near future about how we can use our local resources wisely and well and how health and care services in the community can be improved."

More details about future Let's Talk events will be publicised in the New Year. If you would like to have your say about the future of health and care services, email the City and Hackney CCG: