Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Tuesday 24th November 2009 11.30am

Carers Partnership Board

Ken Fish the vice-chair of the board took the chair for this meeting as due to a diary mix up I had missed the agenda planning meeting.

Julie Wilson updated the board on the work being done to refresh the Carers Strategy. As a major problem with providing services for carers is getting carers to identify themselves as carers in the first place it was felt to be very important to include this question in the 2011 Census once again. Other priorities for the strategy were discussed.

The topic got sidetracked into a discussion about the current consultation on the local PCT’s Commissioning Strategy. The Board was made aware of the lack of time given for any meaningful consultation with LINKS or carers, and the lack of meaningful involvement with carers at the planning stage in accordance with good practice guidance. This contrasted with the work done on the Mental Health strategy which had involved carers specifically in consultation. The Board expressed it’s dissatisfaction with this state of affairs.

The revised Terms of Reference of the Carers Partnership Board was presented and some further changes were suggested.

Under the monitoring of Carers Breaks discussions looked at the implications of the introduction of personal budgets for carers. It was agreed to invite Andrew Clark, Transforming Lives Programme Manager to the next meeting to discuss this issue further.

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