Health and care event – November 2018
In November 2018 we held an event which brought together health and care frontline staff, local people and representatives from lots of different community organisations to talk about what’s important for health and care in Richmond.
The partnership wanted to hear from local people who hadn’t yet told us their views about health and care services, so we used a recruitment company to find a selection of people broadly representing the local population of Richmond. We used a framework to recruit primarily by age, gender, ethnicity, where they live in the borough, long term conditions if any, age of children if any and if they provide unpaid care for someone that has a condition that limits their daily activity.We made sure that our chosen venue was accessible to people from all parts of the borough and could cater to all accessibility needs so that we could have as wide range of people there as possible.
We talked about the kinds of things which no single organisation can achieve alone – like combating childhood obesity and supporting people with diabetes. Discussions were centred on whether we are focusing on the right areas for Richmond, and how to ensure the action we take has maximum impact for local people.
There was great energy and fresh ideas in the room. It was clear that people were passionate about health and care in our borough and wanted to support us. Please see the diagram below
You can watch a video of the event which captured the feeling of the day.
What we heard
It was clear that people were passionate about health and care in our borough and want to support us to make a difference and improve Richmond to make it an even better place to live.
“I learned about community issues I had no idea about, such as air pollution, MMR immunisation, young people self-harming and lonely older people.”
“Based on the passion both shown and delivered by event organisers today (ie. how it’s been conducted and the content) I would definitely expect to see positive change in the borough!”
The event was co-designed by the Richmond Health and Care Partnership and was sponsored by the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board.
We’ll be using the ideas generated during the November event as we develop our Richmond Health and Care Plan.
We will be publishing a discussion document spring 2019 which will be used to continue the conversation – as we start talking to people about how to put ideas into action.
We’ll be speaking to the communities most involved in and affected by what is included in the discussion document. For example, we’ll be working with young people, their parents and teachers on anything proposed around children’s mental health.
To support the development of our local plan, we will also be looking to the similar priorities around prevention and early intervention that have been published in the NHS long-term plan, issued recently by the Government.
If you have any questions or would like to be involved in the development of these plans, you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org