Here at Carers Break we firmly believe that to ensure excellence and innovation in our service, we need to seek advice and counsel from a representation of those involved in the design, commissioning, delivery and receipt of Personal Care.
Therefore, we have sought to assemble a group of individuals who we believe can guide and advise our development and assist in the design of our service. This group of individuals will meet quarterly and will discuss our current service provision, look at future developments and perform an advisory function. Every member has been selected carefully and no members of this panel derive any financial benefit or benefit in kind from their involvement with Carers Break Community Interest Company. We are actively seeking out several more members to compliment the panel.
The 2016 members are as follows:-
Jeremy Preedy– Jeremy is primarily the main carer for his wife, Chair of the West Penwith Carers Forum and is the current Chairman of the Healthwatch Cornwall steering committee.
Rosie Reay- Community Matron in West Cornwall
Marilyn Watson– Community Support Worker for Carers Break.
Kelvin Yates– Manager of Cornwall Carers Service
June Hackett-Active and highly respected disabled service user and Healthwatch Cornwall volunteer representative
Jill Bernard–Senior Practitioner -Early Intervention Service -Education Health and Social Care
Annette Deegan-Case Coordinator
Further, in consultation with Kate Mitchell (Joint programme lead long term conditions & end of life care commissioning at KCCG and Karlene Stokes MCIPS (Category Lead – Community Services NHS Kernow)
An agreement has been made that a representative of KCCG commissioning will be made available to attend meetings by invitation to respond to specific questions relevant to the design and delivery of care packages in the Community that are raised by the Council of Reference
Each member contributes when they are able and all members have the opportunity to contribute either in person or remotely during, or in the weeks between, each of the meetings.
After 2 years with the current team of advisors we have made the decision to change the dynamic from a more ‘clinical and organisational expertise’ level to a group of individuals that more accurately reflect the work we do. Therefore, by the start of 2016 we hope to have in place a Council of Reference that is made up of more of the people that we care for, their unpaid carers and more of our Professional care staff. However, we continue to include several individuals that we know have excellent clinical/ systems knowledge and experience on the Council.
Our principle aim will be to ensure that the quality and design of the services that we provide remain increasingly relevant and effective to the service user needs. It is our desire that Carers Break becomes a vehicle of design excellence and innovation that changes the quality of Care in Cornwall and the South West.
On October 15th 2014 we held our first Council of Reference meeting. The event was designed to provide an opportunity for each attending member to meet with other experts in the field relevant to the services we provide. This proved to be a very worthwhile exercise which instantly created opportunities for members to network for mutual benefit.
The main topic of discussion on this occasion was in relation to ‘The Key factors that most negatively contribute to the erosion of the Health & Wellbeing of the Carer as a direct result of that particular life role’.
Following this meeting, the subject matter has been taken up with Healthwatch Cornwall who are currently considering conducting specific research to determine these key factors.
There was lively discussion, with each member bringing a unique and specific perspective to the table. Each member was asked to consider the five main priorities in the context of their particular role. This information has informed our research programme with Healthwatch Cornwall which will, in turn, inform Carers Break service design in the near future.
If you would like to be considered for membership of this Council of Reference we would love to hear from you.
Please contact Reuben or Tina on 01726 890828 to discuss how you may get involved and help us make a difference