Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Challenging Delivery and Changing Health and Social Care for the Better.

Tonight I attended the latest  Platform Network: Bringing together innovators, social entrepreneurs and commissioners in the health and social care sectors - Challenging Delivery and Changing Health and Social Care for the Better.

The speakers were excellent and it was great to be in a room filled with positive and innovative energy!

First was Kevin Bond, Director, NE Lincolnshire CTP Mental Health Services (a national pilot site for Right to Request and a nationally and internationally recognised innovator in mental health services). It was inspiring to hear how he has transformed the psychiatric provision along with his staff and service users and I look forward to visiting them soon. http://mentalhealth.nelctp.nhs.uk/

We also heard from Helen McFarlane, Chair and Director, Salford Health Matters (a nationally recognised social enterprise pathfinder site CIC). She spoke about the transformation of their primary care provision.

The final speaker was Annie Francis Director IM-UK an Industrial Provident Society - New Provider of Midwifery Services to the NHS. Of course this is a subject close to my heart. The rate of postnatal depression is lower for the mothers who use this service. I hope we can see it expand.

Thank you to the team at http://www.hopestreetcentre.com/ for another excellent evening - can you change the date of the September one though as I'll be away on a cruise?!

Elaine Hanzak

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