Future of health care glimpsed at annual stakeholder’s meeting
RESIDENTS were given a glimpse of the future of health care at a meeting.
More than seventy people attended the third annual Caring Together stakeholder event at the Masonic Hall in Macclesfield.
Caring Together aims to deliver a new system of health and social care across Cheshire by consulting with care providers, people who receive care, their support networks, family and friends to improve services.
Attendees were shown a series of live-action scenarios which depicted a day in the life of the fictional Cranford family, played by actors.
The scenarios focused on how a typical day might pan out for the family when a straight forward health appointment spirals out of control, with the audience given breaks to discuss what works well with the system and what doesn’t.
Dr Paul Bowen, chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The idea was to make Caring Together real and meaningful for the audience.
“We may have used dramatic licence with the scenarios, but the issues faced by the Cranfords were typical of those I see every day as a local GP.
“Using actors to illustrate those issues helped the audience to connect and focus on what we can do to improve matters and support people like the Cranfords.”
The event ended with a question and answer session with a panel that included Brenda Smith, director of Adult Social Care and Independent Living at Cheshire East Council.
She said: “Caring Together proposes fundamental changes to the way we provide health and social care, changes that will put people at the heart of an integrated service that provides seamless care when and where they need it.
“The response from the event was both positive and constructive and a real opportunity for local people to influence our thinking.”