Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Monday 14th July 11.30am

Carers Partnership Board

This meeting proved to be one of the most interesting Carers Partnership Board meetings to date. A great deal of discussion took place, which resulted in an overrun of 45 minutes, but I felt it was worth it. I am not sure whether the discourse was the result of the new format agenda, or the subject matter, whichever, it was a productive meeting.

 

The decision of the PCT board to agree to the closure of Malvern ward was the first talking point. Concern was expressed about the resulting lack of residential respite care places and it was agreed that I should write to the PCT on behalf of the Board on this issue.

 

A sub-committee was formed of six volunteers to work on the Gold Standard for Carers with the aim of formulating measurable outcomes against which local services could be evaluated.

 

There was a request from the Sutton Adults Partnership Board for us to consider how the issues of smoking and obesity were relevant to carers which provoked a good discussion. It was agreed that both these problems could prove to be an issue for the carer as a result of the great amount of stress they often suffered. There could also be an impact on the carer if the cared for smoked – in the form of passive smoking, or if the cared for is overweight this can have implications for the carer’s health if they need to lift them or push a heavy wheelchair.

 

There was also a lot of discussion around funding carers’ expenses when they attend meetings or conferences as a ‘user-group’. It was agreed that there needed to be clarity about which body the carer was representing & funding sought accordingly.

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July 28, 2008 - Posted by | Committee Meeting

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