ecdp hosts engagement session for Who Will Care? Commission

On the 10 May, ecdp hosted a public engagement session for the Who Will Care? Commission on what good health and social care means to disabled people.

We all know that good quality health and social care matters enormously. Yet there is growing agreement that the current health and social care system is unsustainable. We need to consider new ways to ensure that Essex residents can experience good care services - not only today but in the future as well.

To help achieve this, Essex County Council has launched an independent commission to look into the future of health and social care in the county. The Who Will Care? Commission is led by Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, former Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care and currently Chair of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London . ecdp’s Chief Executive Officer, Mike Adams, is a Commissioner.

The Commission will make recommendations as to how the future care system could be improved and ecdp is keen to utilise the lived experience of disabled people to help shape the debate.

The discussion was lively and informative, and was focused around the following questions:

  • Do you understand the totality of care available to you? How easy is it to understand the ‘care offer’ and what more can be done to help individuals take control of their own care?
  • How might technology help to support independent living, self-care, self-management and advice? What obstacles need to be overcome?
  • What more can be done to help individuals get the right care in the right place?
  • How can communities do more to support individuals, whether voluntarily or being paid to do so?
  • How can professionals do more to help citizens care for themselves, rather than focus on the treatment of a medical condition?

If you would like to share your views on the above, please contact Kristine Alderman, on kalderman@ecdp.co.uk or 01245 392305, who will ensure the Commission receive all comments.

Further information on the Commission can be found on the Who Will Care? website.

Photographs from the session can be viewed on ecdp’s Flickr account by clicking here.

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