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Healthwatch to support Adult Social Care Partnership Boards


Our Healthwatch will be taking over the support of the Cambridgeshire Adult Social Care Partnership Boards for 2018-19 from 1 June 2018.

Picture of disabled man looking over shoulderThere are four local adult social care Partnership Boards in Cambridgeshire and their purpose is to make sure that the people who use adult social care services can get involved in decisions that affect their daily life. The Partnership Boards were previously supported by Cambridgeshire Alliance for Independent Living (CAIL) who sadly closed at the end of March 2018. 

Our Healthwatch will also be taking over the support of the Wheelchair Forum, previously supported by CAIL.  This forum came out of a piece of joint work our Healthwatch did with CAIL and other local disability organisations to raise concerns that local people had about the quality of support for wheelchair users. Our Sitting Comfortably report, published in August 2016, found that the wheelchair service is often poorly co-ordinated, with people waiting too long for wheelchairs and repairs. 

Sandie Smith, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said:

'Our Healthwatch team are incredibly sad to see the end of CAIL who we have worked closely with since we started back in 2013. We shared a common goal of getting people involved in decisions about local services, and that ethos will continue through our support of the Cambridgeshire Partnership Boards and the Wheelchair Forum. We look forward to working with you all over the coming months and helping to get more people involved in developing health and care services for local people.'

Claire Bruin, Assistant Director, Adults & Safeguarding, Cambridgeshire County Council, said:

''On behalf of the Council I wish to thank again CAIL’s staff, volunteers and Trustees for their hard work and commitment to supporting the Partnership Boards work.

'The Council values these activities highly and therefore I am pleased to announce that it has been agreed that Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be taking over the support of the Adult Social Care Partnership Boards for 2018-19.'

What the Partnership Boards do

There are four local Partnership Boards in Cambridgeshire and each Board’s role is to support and improve social care by including the people who use the services (service users) in their design, delivery and evaluation.  

  • Carers Partnership Board
  • Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Partnership Board
  • Learning Disabilities Partnership Board
  • Older People’s Partnership Board (65+)

Each board is made up of service user representatives, voluntary sector service providers, and statutory services such as health and social care.

The Boards aspire to have 50% of members who are service users and for a service user representative to be the Chair person.