At it’s February meeting, the Board welcomed Jacinta Costella who spoke with care and intelligence about orthotics and wheelchairs. The first relates to the care for people who need help with special footwear and which gives them help to recover from injury and avoid it and to manage conditions during their lives.
We think we know about wheelchairs but actually they give us independence and a good quality of life and this understanding will help others.
I currently work on a project that is all about helping people living in Bradford, District and Craven become more aware and have accessible information of the wellbeing services and Organisations around them.
One of them main reasons I joined the peoples board was to help create a bridge between the community that I live in and the peoples board.
I have always been passionate that the voices of people in our communities are heard and I always try and be an active member of the society around me.
People’s Board member, Claire Weaver talks about her early impressions on joining the Board and what it was like to be part of the procurement process for the new carers contract in Bradford District.
One of the concerns I had when I joined the People’s Board was that public engagement might be a ‘tick the box’ exercise for the decision makers at the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), but I am pleased to report that my experiences even in my short time with the People’s Board show that there is a genuine commitment to engagement and it is making a difference.
Key messages from the day by Mike Frazer, People’s Board member
Kings Fund (KF) 1 day event – “Health and Care Explained “Leeds on 28th February 2019
Leeds Councillor Keith Wakefield opened – 50,000 jobs in Leeds are related to health/Life expectancy differs between disadvantaged Holbeck and affluent Alwoodley by 11 years/Social Proscribing works – there are 30,000 people in Leeds involved in community based groups
Alex Bayliss, KF acting policy director – gave a history of the NHS from its founding in 1948 to date and outlined how the NHS had changed since then and significant management structure and commissioning/Provider process changes and how since 2014 changes encouraging collaboration rather than competition had been encouraged as well as a move towards improved public engagement and Primary Care and community based services recently promulgated in the new long term NHS plan -”organisations are trying to collaborate in a system that pits them against each other”.
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I moved to Craven from London 15 years ago, attracted by the stunning landscape, and the friendliness of the Yorkshire folk. As my daughter developed complex mental health needs and neurological disabilities, I discovered that the rural landscape was not quite so idyllic as I ‘battled’ with various NHS services to obtain support for my daughter. I discovered that Craven was a complex location – it didn’t fully belong anywhere and was ‘tacked on’ to either North Yorkshire, or to Bradford, depending upon the service being received. In particular, Bradford services were often not provided in Craven and travelling to outpatient appointments became a full time occupation. It was draining and soul destroying. I was confused and felt unsupported.
Through my experiences as a carer, I took up a patient/carer engagement post with Bradford and Airedale Mental Health Advocacy Group (BAMHAG – who have now become VITAL Projects and do some fabulous work promoting advocacy skills and services for all, but in particular for the vulnerable in society). I learnt many things: mainly that people’s individual stories can have a massive impact on those who commission the services and make a positive difference. I have become passionate about patient and carer engagement in service delivery and in particular, that there is a huge need for the voice of Craven to be heard, so that it does not become the forgotten landscape.
I was delighted to learn that Craven is now part of the People’s Board and I am keen to see Craven become an integral and positive participant in the People’s Board and the important work it does. This requires the active involvement of Craven residents and I felt it was important to put myself forward instead of sitting back and assuming that others will step forward for the role. I am keen to spread the voice of Craven, so please do share your views and experiences with me so that I can ensure they are heard.
On a personal level, I enjoy walking, eating chocolate, the occasional glass of wine and spending time with friends and family.