The Peoples Board

Reflections from Peoples Board meeting 18/07/19

Written by Peoples Board member, Adam Deacon

Today’s PB (People’s Board) meeting was a productive one, which raised many challenging issues,  not least for the PB, health professionals, and the general public to carefully consider the immediate consequences and serious implications to meeting health needs. My personal reflections, will hopefully bring some useful insight into what’s needed to address the most essential issues.

 

THE REPORT

Twice this year, PB members met outside of their standard monthly meetings, to discuss the content and presentation of our pending annual Report. Sam had been working hard in preparation for today’s meeting by pulling together the ideas into a PowerPoint presentation, for the whole of the PB to see where we’re at in our development stage, and to elicit any further considerations or contributions. The points from the presentation I would most like to focus on are the Report’s value, audience, and the PB as a public voice.

 

Personally, I feel it’s essential that the value of the PB stands out, as this is what defines our purpose and significance on what are life changing or life ending health implications. It’s been a longstanding frustration for the PB to know how we present or demonstrate our value, as our benefits (contributions) can’t easily be defined or quantified in a tangible or financial sense, to determine our performance or to justify our existence. My view is that the main role of the PB should be to help the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) on how to best meet the health needs of the Bradford population. Readers who seek to measure the value of the PB, it would be best view it in a similar way to family values, i.e. the health and social care role which family provide to their own family members (you might not like or agree to everything they say or do, but you know that overall it makes an essential difference to the quality and length of one’s life).

  Read More

Why it’s important to bring the voice of Central and Eastern European communities to the People’s Board

Written by Karol Wyszynski, Peoples Board member

As a board member, I represent the diverse communities of Bradford. My experience revolves around Central and Eastern Communities; their work around mental health and wellbeing.

 

As a member of Peoples’ Board I represent the people of Bradford but also as a Polish citizen I am part of the Central and Eastern European communities which makes those communities’ wellbeing close to my heart. I was really excited that Sharing Voices Bradford, an organization I am also involved with from a number of years, has started CEEC, a front line services workgroup. Something that has not existed before. They were able to generate a lot of interest and get many organisations involved.

  Read More

Reflections from Peoples Board meeting 20/06/19

Written by Sam Samociuk, Peoples Board co-vice chair

Reassured. I feel really reassured. There is a crisis building in the lives of children and young people, so much so that their well being and mental health is challenged every day. Being different, feeling anxious, caring for parents or siblings, becoming teenagers and young adults, being bullied, coping with social media. These are all pressures, many of which are very public, some are very private. These pressures can be made worse by deprivation, lack of opportunity and crises – like bereavements or divorce.

We are a young city, we need to plan to support our young people, nurture them so that they may meet their potential – luckily the commissioners (Sasha & Maariya) and service providers are doing just that. Read More

Peoples Board Meeting Summary – 20.06.19

Reassured. I feel really reassured.

There is a crisis building in the lives of children and young people, so much so that their well being and mental health is challenged every day. Being different, feeling anxious, caring for parents or siblings, becoming teenagers and young adults, being bullied, coping with social media. These are all pressures, many of which are very public, some are very private. These pressures can be made worse by deprivation, lack of opportunity and crises – like bereavements or divorce.

 

We are a young city, we need to plan to support our young people, nurture them so that they may meet their potential – luckily the commissioners (Sasha & Maariya) and service providers are doing just that.

 

We had a further presentation today of what is planned to be on offer to our young people, there have been great strides made to bring together, education and statutory services and the voluntary sector to provide pathways and safety nets, real, physical and electronic.

(See the official minutes for full details of all the services)

 

The increase of help at schools with Mental Health School Champions and Health Buddies is a great initiative, especially for young people who are awaiting formal help through Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) with Primary MH workers and School Nurses.

 

We have questioned and made suggestions, been listened to and our thoughts included and acted upon. The plans look good, we need to hear from young people about how well this is working. I feel reassured.

 

Sam Samociuk

Co-vice Chair PB

People’s Board Meeting Summary 18/04/19

Personal reflection written by People’s Board member Mohammed Mahboob

 

The peoples board meetings are rarely dull, and Aprils meeting was anything but that.  Passionate, ideas, concerned and full of alternative perspectives are some of the words that I would use to describe the meeting.
Healthy discussions took place on a number of areas including the CCG communications plan, presentations and linking in with the patients network steering group, activities around the Peoples Board development day and the annual report.  This included a passionate debate on defining the Peoples Board and discussions around our ongoing role. Read More
%d bloggers like this: