Community Conversation - Older people's health
124 members of the public came along to the community conversation and OPEN forum held at King's Hall, in Stoke-on-Trent, on Thursday 20 October 2016.
To download the presentation from the day, please click on the link below:
Feedback from the event has been used to develop a number of recommendations. A summary report is available:
Watch our round-up video from the event:
Community Conversation on healthcare for older people - event summary
The event was organised by Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups in partnership with Saltbox Christian Centre's Older People Engagement Network (OPEN), to allow people to meet health commissioners and share their views on frail and elderly care.
People could also speak to 40 representatives of 19 community groups and charities, including Changes Health & Wellbeing, Action for Blind People, Healthwatch, the Slips & Falls service at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Action on Hearing Loss.
Attendees listened to presentations by Dr Mark Williams of Leek Health Centre, John Larkham of Age UK North Staffordshire, Sally Parkin from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire CCGs and Tracey Preston from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
In a workshop session, people were asked for their views on what services should be available to better support patients aged 50+ to stay healthy, independent and out of hospital.
They discussed how patients could be helped to prevent slips, trips and falls and how local organisations could work together to help reduce falls for older people. The CCGs also asked how they could best communicate with patients to let them know about what services were available to them and how they could best access them.
The views of the public will be analysed and used to help make future decisions about providing health services for older people.
Sally Parkin, Clinical Director for Partnerships and Engagement for the CCGs, said: “This has been a brilliant event - very positive but also very realistic. People have been very honest in speaking about the problems that we have in our system but it has been helpful and optimistic about what needs to happen to make things right.
"It has been a privilege to work with Saltbox and OPEN and working in partnership is a really good way to ensure that we are sharing this valuable intelligence. We will now collate this information and take it back to our patient and public involvement groups and will create actions based upon what people have told us."
The community conversation was one of a series of meetings which will be taking place across Stoke and North Staffordshire in the coming months, giving the public the opportunity to learn more about the way health services are commissioned and how decisions will be made in future.
Patients are also being encouraged to play their part in making healthcare decisions by joining their GP surgery patient participation group (PPG) or membership scheme, the patient congress at their local CCG, or by joining the north Staffordshire Citizens Jury, which is currently investigating mental health provision. For more information visit Get Involved
Members of the public can also make their views heard by contacting their local Patient Advice and Liaison Service at Patient Advice and Liaison Service