What will be the future role for the voluntary and community sector in integrated care in Dudley borough?

What is integrated care?
Integrated Care means care and support built around the needs of the individual, their carers and family. It aims to achieve high quality and compassionate care, resulting in better health and wellbeing of citizens in Dudley borough. Integrated care will mean getting better at preventing deterioration of health and fewer people ending up in hospital, by providing a seamless service focussed on the individual within their own homes.

There is a need to create a culture of better cooperation and coordination between health, social care, public health, other local services and the voluntary and community sector. There needs to be an end to institutional divide between physical and mental health, primary and secondary care, and health and social care as budgets and resources reduce.

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Creating places for people to thrive: Diyya’s journey

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In the last two years, Diyya has grown into a successful and lively organisation that improves the quality of life for women and their families in Lye and the surrounding areas. I recently joined them at their bustling Saturday Club to meet some of the people they support. Continue reading

The art of the possible – looking at what we could achieve!

Page 4 Andy Gray  croppedAndy Gray is Chief Officer of Dudley CVS and has been invited to attend the second VCSS Camp this year. Eileen from the Planning Team, who works at Dudley CVS, invited him to share this thoughts and expectations on the value of attending VCSSCamp 2014.

Why are you coming to VCSSCamp?

I am interested in looking at how, through social media, you can discover fresh thinking, make new contacts and learn about other opportunities

  • For the organisation – the feedback from those members of my team who are currently using social media has thus far been really positive: it’s opened up lots of avenues, networks and opportunities. It feels like the event will be a creative space and an opportunity to see what possible outcomes could develop.
  • Personally – it’s an opportunity to catch up and see what other people have done, what they used and what the outcomes were. …

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