Exciting week – great progress towards integrated working

Sarah Morland
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Article date
10 April 2015
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It’s been a great week – I feel that we are really making progress towards closer working between the voluntary sector and our health and social care partners.

Some highlights for me –

2 great meetings with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust colleagues

  • to explore a possible model for coordinating support for older people’s mental health
  • to discuss the opportunity to showcase voluntary sector services which contribute to mental wellbeing – this would mean that there is a designated page on the BHFT website and each Berkshire locality could submit articles for the page on a monthly basis

A meeting with a patient participation group to discuss social prescribing and how it can best work for the patients in their practice.  The PPG felt it was important to get the name right and suggested Community Links as an alternative to social prescribing

A meeting of the Neighbourhood Clusters Steering Group which is developing a model “to improve communication between an older person “Sam”, their family and carers, health and social care”  “By working together in a more coordinated and informed way the clusters intend to be wrapped around the individual by being locality specific”.   Voluntary sector providers will have a significant part to play in “wrapped around approach”.