|Carl Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations|
Carl said that “we are here today to be part of the process to shape and influence and be involved in the planning and delivery process.” He observed that there were several challenges to bring to the discussion, particularly in terms of resource allocation and budget planning in a climate where prevention and community resilience are key priorities.
|Carol Shillabeer, Chief Executive Officer, PtHB|
Carol also introduced us to the 4 Aims (out of a total of 6) which were to form the basis for further discussion at our tables:
- Improving health & wellbeing
- Ensuring the right access
- Involving the people of Powys
- Making every £ count
PtHB want to make sure that there is effective partnership working and to engage with people to achieve a good plan. Staff are already looking at working more closely with Powys County Council, and want to use continued integration as a way of achieving objectives in the future around all areas of health service provision. Carol explained that this is already happening in terms of mental health services.
|Freda Lacey, Senior Officer Health & Social Care, PAVO|
Freda Lacey and her team had planned the day down to the finest detail. Once the table discussions were complete (report to be circulated later) Carl opened up the floor and asked for key issues to be highlighted. These included (just a brief sample):
- The need for more services to be delivered locally.
- Sharing of resources – including people, skills, premises, training.
- Emphasis on the Third Sector not just being “polyfilla” to fill the gaps.
- The Third Sector are asked to do more and more for less and less.
- The vital importance of introducing and using more innovative technologies.
- The need to remember those that are digitally excluded for whatever reason.
|Hayley Thomas, Interim Director of Planning & Performance, PtHB|
|Trish Buchan, Third Sector Organisation rep, Powys teaching Health Board|
All in all it was an extremely interesting morning. I was facilitating some of the discussions focussing on how to involve the people of Powys. Around the various tables it really felt that there was a passion and enthusiasm for more collaborative and innovative working – if time can be set aside by all to really consider the most effective way of achieving this. And whilst there was much healthy debate on one thing we all agreed – the Third Sector is absolutely not just “polyfilla.”