Our work with Partnership Boards
Healthwatch Cornwall now facilitates four Partnership Boards with Cornwall Council’s Carers Board having been added to the three existing boards: Learning Disability, Autism, Older Persons. The boards are quarterly meetings that are attended by people using health and care services and unpaid carers who are experts through their experience in these topic areas.
Representatives from Cornwall Council, NHS Kernow, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospitals Plymouth Trust, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and voluntary sector staff with direct experience relevant to each Board are also members.
Meetings are responsive to current issues and aim to produce strategies and influence commissioning plans for related health and social care services.
In April 2018 Healthwatch Cornwall was commissioned by Cornwall Council to carry out a comprehensive review of the Partnership Boards.
The review told us that the Partnership Boards were not working as well as they could. The lack of a defined governance structure and a lay membership lacking diversity was highlighted.
We are working to get 'the right people in the right place' to maximise the board’s ability to comment, question and co-design effectively.
Nuala Kiely, Partnership Boards Officer is coordinating these changes. We are currently recruiting new lay members to all of the boards and identifying professionals from across health and social care who share our commitment to partnership working.
Carers Partnership Board
The Board was set up in response to the National Carer Strategy to ensure carers are able to access the support and services they need to remain in their caring role.
Learning Disability Partnership Board
An opportunity for self-advocates, their families and carers to work with professionals; to improve the lives of people living with a learning disability in Cornwall.
Older Person's Partnership Board
Bringing together older people, their representatives, the public, voluntary and community sectors to work to ensure the highest quality and best value services for older people in Cornwall.