Fu­ture of health care glimpsed at an­nual stake­holder’s meet­ing

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.