I was pleased to be able to represent the CCG attending the Maundy Thursday service at the Cathedral when the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited for the traditional handing out of Maundy Money to members of the public. The recipients came from all over the County but I know that among them were people who have given many years of service to their local community and deserved this recognition.
I also went to an event at UCLAN at which there was a presentation about the availability of training at the school of medicine and dentistry including the courses leading to awards of Bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MB BS) They placed significant emphasis on the placement arrangements they have with the NHS in East Lancashire both in the hospital and the community.
The ELHT had the visit from the Chief Inspector of Hospitals and I attended the listening event at King George’s Hall on the evening of April 29. The event was quite well attended and people had opportunities to give their views – whether positive or negative – about the experience of being treated at ELHT. I certainly heard a range of opinions and I expect that the inspectors would have used the information to help them decide where to focus their efforts during the time they are in the hospital. The report will be made public about two months after the visit.
We also had an important meeting with our Senate which involves representatives from each of our GP members’ practices. This was a good opportunity to talk about recent developments and about some of the ideas we have about the emerging model for the delivery of primary care and urgent care. We also continued to promote locality working, which we consider will be the means by which we will have services which respond to people’s needs recognising that the priority in North Blackburn is likely to be different from that in Darwen.
This is why later this month one of the four lay members on the Governing Body will be meeting with representatives from the Patient Participation groups from a particular area. In my case I will be in Darwen building on a discussion I had with the PP Group for the Darwen health link practice at which I was left in no doubt about the worries some people have about data sharing .
Finally I was a member of the judging panel for the Pat on the Back Awards, which recognise people who have made major contributions to the community. The outcome will be made public shortly but there were some very worthy nominations and it is clear that a large number of people in the Borough whether as individuals or members of a team make a huge difference. I urge readers to look out for more information about this on the council and our own websites when the winners are announced.
Chair, NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group