Welcome to Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency
Karen Gibson, the Health and Wellbeing Partnership Carers Representative gave the following update “The Health & Wellbeing Partnership consists of both public and voluntary sector agencies to promote health and wellbeing within Hartlepool. The partnership enables involvement of both the person cared for and the views of the carer of whom I am their representative. This ensures that a persons whole needs are considered, and healthy lifestyles are promoted. Quarterly meetings are held which is then fed into an executive group.
A variety of topics are covered during these meetings, such as on 13th October 2010: An overview covering the transformation of adult social care given by Jill Harrison entitled Putting People First. Phil Hornsby presented Hartlepool’s model of Prevention and Early Intervention which includes Primary, Secondary and Tertiary prevention. Ray Harriman and Geraldine Martin informed the group of the work undertaken by Connected Care which includes navigators working with people from the Owton Manor area on a range of issues.
Further areas of work include a skills sharing bank, a partnership with Accent Foundation to improve Glamis Walk Flats incorporating the Future Jobs Fund, handy man and independent living support. Steve Thomas summarised Telecare and the Buddi System, technology support for vulnerable people including sensors for a person who is vulnerable to falls. Sharon Bartram described the role of the Health Trainers which includes weight and smoking cessation advice. A further two presentations were given by Val Cox on a Trusted Trader register and Julie Wiles on Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.
In addition to these presentations updates on Social Prescription and information on the Government White Paper, Equity and Excellence - Liberating the NHS were discussed and the impact on the people of Hartlepool”.