Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Tuesday 10th February 12 noon

Carers Forum

We were due to be updated on the Better Healthcare Closer to Home strategy and intermediate care for older people but there had been last minute cancellations from both our main speakers leaving a big hole in the agenda.

 

After a bit of discussion Claire Shearer gave an update on the progress of the formation of LINKS – the Local Information Network which is the expanded and redefined version of the old Public & Patient Involvement Forum. Claire explained that there were still places available on the board and encouraged carers to join up as representatives. For more information about LINKS contact SCVS – Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector.

 

Suggestions were put forward & a vote taken on the August Forum day trip and Eastbourne was agreed for 2009.

 

The Forum was advised of various workshops & focus groups ongoing over a range of issues.

 

Claire Shearer reported back on the Chaucer Centre inaugural meeting held by Mark Clenaghan, Director of Mental Health Services for Sutton & Merton with carers and service users. Carers who attended the meeting expressed their deep dissatisfaction with how the meeting had been managed which gave insufficient time or emphasis to carers’ issues. I agreed to follow this up with Mark Clenaghan when I next meet with him through the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee.

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March 13, 2009 - Posted by | Meeting

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