Shared opportunities, shared decisionslocal influence in health and social care Rachel Robinson Chief Executive The Care Forum
The Care ForumOur MissionTo promote health and wellbeing for all and to challenge inequalities in health and social care policy and services.
We do this by:• Enabling voluntary and community sector organisations and individuals to participate fully and equally in the design, delivery and improvement of services• Empowering individuals and groups to represent themselves, to be heard and to make informed choices• Improving people’s access to services• Researching services and projects.
Experience of engagement• Shadow Health and wellbeing boards and developing clinical commissioning groups• Providing and supporting representation on strategic and planning partnerships• Four years hosting Local Involvement Networks (and from 1 April providing Healthwatch)
The not so good ...Community begins in mystery and ends in administration. Leaders move away from people and into paper. (Jean Vanier)
Healthwatch• Local Healthwatch will provide authoritative, evidence-based feedback to organisations responsible for commissioning or delivering local health and social care services• Statutory seat on the health and wellbeing board
Why does it matter?“Local opinion is not most effectively collected, analysed and deployed by untrained members of the public without professional resources available to them, but the means used should always be informed by the needs of the public and patients”.The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, Executive Summary, 1.28 Robert Francis QC