Two webchats in November
The second phase of the NHS Future Forum continues to listen and engage with a wide range of patients, public, NHS staff and partners. This phase is looking at four distinct areas of policy:
- education and training
- the NHS’s role in the public’s health
The recommendations from each workstream will help inform policy development in the Department of Health.
The independent Forum is made up of 55 members chosen for their relevant experience and background. The integrated care workstream is led by GP Robert Varnam and Geoff Alltimes, Chief Executive of Hammersmith and Fulham. The workstream is particularly interested in how the needs of the following three groups can be better met by the health and social care system:
- the frail elderly with multiple long term conditions
- children with complex needs
- adults with long term mental health problems
Robert and Geoff are holding two webchats about integrated care on 2 and 17 November 2011. More information and registration are available here.
Forum chair Professor Steve Field says,
“This phase has been really rewarding because we are able to focus in detail on what is proven to work and from that unpick what leads to the best outcomes for patients. I’m interested in the art of the possible now and I want the Forum’s work to help NHS staff to adopt best practice in their day to day activities.”
To date the Forum has engaged and listened to more than 3,400 people during the second phase and Forum members have attended more than 140 meetings around the country.