Dudley CCG has launched a public consultation to help shape the development of Dudley’s Multi-Speciality Community Provider (MCP). The consultation is to ask peoples views to help ensure that the new Dudley MCP is organised in the best possible way to meet people’s needs. Consultation is taking place on four key areas including:

Details of services included in the MCP contract (scope)

  1. The targets and outcomes expected to be achieved for Dudley people
  2. A description of the way the MCP is expected to operate (its characteristics)
  3. An expectation on how technology will be used to improve access (for example easier telephone/online access system)

How to get involved

You can share your views any time between Friday 15th July up until midnight on Friday 9th September. Take a look at Dudley CCG’s consultation document. You can return completed questionnaires free to the following address (just write this on an envelope):

FREEPOST RTGH-YKLH-AZXZ Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group Brierley Hill Health & Social Care Centre Venture Way BRIERLEY HILL DY5 1RU

Events taking place across Dudley borough:

Join in with one of 5 public meetings:

  • Monday 1st August at the Zion centre Halesowen – 1pm-3pm
  • Tuesday 2nd August at The Beacon Centre, Sedgley – 10am-12noon
  • Wednesday 3rd August at Stourbridge Town Hall – 1pm-3pm
  • Thursday 4th August at Brierley Hill Civic Hall – 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Friday 5th August at DY1 in Dudley Town centre – 11am-1pm

To book a place at one of the above sessions please email Keren.Hodgson@dudleyccg.nhs.uk or call 01384 321730

Jump on the campervan between 1st and 5th August and leave your views in the video diary room. Dates and venues to be confirmed.

Come along to more focussed sessions to understand more detail on the following areas:

  •  Diabetes – Tuesday 19th July 4pm-6pm at DY1, Stafford St, Dudley, DY1 1RT
  • Primary Mental Health -Tuesday 6th September, 12pm-2pm, DY1, Stafford St, Dudley, DY1 1RT
  • Respiratory – Thursday 8th September, 2pm-4pm, Bank St Methodist Church, Brierley Hill, DY5 3DA
  • Outcomes, Characteristics and Scope – Monday 5th September 2016 10am-12.30pm, DY1, Stafford St, Dudley, DY1 1RT or Wednesday 7th September 2016 4.30pm-7pm, Brierley Hill Civic Hall, Brierley Hill, DY5 3DH

Alternatively you can:

Combating Loneliness and isolation conference

Integrated Plus Link Officers attended a Westminster Briefing conference on 9th March in partnership with ‘The Campaign to End Loneliness’ to understand this largely unreported issue and what is currently being done to tackle it. The conference provided an opportunity to learn about the causes and consequences of loneliness and more importantly solutions to combat it.

Loneliness and isolation have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of older populations and vulnerable people. There is a growing evidence base around the complex challenge of loneliness.

Here, is a summary provided at the conference from research undertaken.

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Nehemiah UCHA – Helping people to live independently and stay out of hospital

nehemiah

Nehemiah UCHA is a progressive housing association serving the African Caribbean, Asian, Irish and European communities. The Association provides homes for single people, families, couples and elderly people in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Henry Court based in Dudley provides 38 permanent one and two bed apartments. All have level access showers which are great for people who have recently been discharged from hospital or have mobility problems. Henry Court specialises in meeting the multi-cultural needs of its residents and provides a good choice of African Caribbean food. Lots of fun social activities are offered to residents and the wider community to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing. Some of these activities include:

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State of the sector – key findings from survey and discussions

In December 2014, Dudley CVS carried out a state of the sector online survey. The time felt right for Dudley CVS to explore:

  • The contribution being made by the voluntary and community sector
  • The future support needs and priorities of voluntary and community sector organisations
  • The impact of the financial economy on the voluntary sector

Once the findings were collected, NAVCA, our National body, helped Dudley CVS to analyse the results. Caroline Beavon then helped us to produce a colourful infographic poster as a creative way to share the findings with the voluntary sector and partners across Dudley borough. You can view the infographic report here: http://issuu.com/dcvs/docs/sots_-_v9/1

On 24th March, a CoLab enquiry session was held to explore further the results with voluntary sector groups and to dig deeper into the findings.

The survey was divided into the following three categories:

  • Demographic data of respondents
  • The state of the sector today in terms of demand for services, income, funding, impact, quality and difference
  • Focus on the future in terms of priorities, support needs, challenges, hopes and fears

This report presents more detail on findings from our survey and outcomes from discussions held on 24th March with voluntary and community sector organisations and partners. To view the report click on the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8-GKntyzIXkZldtWGZhOHpwN2M/view?usp=sharing