Thank you to everyone who joined us for our AGM and Conference
Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting and Conference on 20 September. The event was a great success, with over 150 people joining us to hear about the latest in health care in West Leicestershire.
Twenty of our partners participated in a health fair highlighting to delegates services which are available to them. This included great representation from primary medical care, which is the care you receive from GPs through the Local Medical Committee and the Federated Localities (groups of local GPs who are working together to improve care in West Leicestershire). Better Care Together also joined us to talk about their latest news and Healthwatch and Voluntary Action LeicesterShire were on hand to tell people about the work they are doing in the community.
Services and schemes who were also able to come along to share what they do to support the residents of West Leicestershire, included support for carers, local area co-ordinators and mental health support from IAPT. There was also practical advice on hand on how to improve your health and wellbeing and how eligible patients can make the most of a personal health budget.
The Annual General Meeting followed our health fair, where Professor Mayur Lakhani, our chair, Spencer Gay, our chief finance officer and Toby Sanders our accountable officer shared some of the highlights from 2015/16 and talked frankly about the difficult landscape for providing health care that we currently work in. Please do read the presentations.
The event then moved into our annual conference, with three major workshops. Our Director of Urgent Care for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Tamsin Hooton presented improvements we are making to the local urgent and emergency care system, which will make it easier to patients to access the right on service at the right time. She was joined by Dr Nick Willmott who talked about the clinical support for patients which we will be added to the NHS 111 service. Terry Simpson joined us from East Midlands Ambulance service to talk about the new triage care scheme in place to support people in mental health crisis. Read the presentation here.
In our primary medical care workshop called ‘The evolution and revolution of primary care’, our Chief Operating Officer Angela Bright talked about the changes in primary medical care and the introduction of the Federations. Dr. Kirk Moore joined us from the North West Leicestershire Federation to outline the exciting work they are doing as a Federation and PPG member Paul Siddals explained how the patient voice has been represented throughout. Read the presentation here.
Finally our Deputy Chief Nurse Pat Ford talked about the work of the Quality Team at the CCG and how it helps to make care in the area safe, clinically effective and a positive experience for patients. She also explained how we use Experience Led Commissioning to hear experiences from residents of care homes, their families and the staff who care for them and what matters most to them, and how that will translate into the introduction of new ways of working to improve the lives of people in care homes. Read the presentation here.
Following the workshops everyone reconvened for a lively question and answer session.
A huge thanks to everyone who attended, exhibited, presented at and contributed to the event, and we hope even more people can join us at the next one! To view the presentations for the event and the workshops, please use the links below.