Shadow Health Minister, Andrew Gwynne MP, visited West Lancashire to hear first hand from residents and local organisations about how health and care services for service users could be improved.
Rosie Cooper MP invited representatives from key local organisations involved in physical, mental and social health services to a roundtable discussion at New Church House in Ormskirk.
Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss their experiences of existing health services and whether a Whole-Person Care service through integrating various services can better meet patient’s needs and put the patient at the heart of health and social care.
MP Rosie said:
“At some point in our lives we all rely on these services whether it is the NHS or social care. We know that existing services are under real pressure. The challenge is to think again about how these services are delivered, that puts the patient first and meets all their needs. In other words how health and care services could provide whole-person care.
“Today was the start of that conversation and where better to start than with the people who have experience of using health services. I want to thank all the residents and the care organisations for taking the time to attend the roundtable discussion on the future of our health and care services.
“I also really appreciate Andrew taking the time to come along and listen to residents’ ideas, issues and concerns. There is a lot to think about after today’s discussion.”
Speaking after the event, Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister said:
“Integrating physical, mental and social care has been talked about for a considerable time. If we are to meet the health challenges of the 21st century then we have to start to make this happen.
“We all have a shared interest in protecting and enhancing our health and care services. It requires that we all work together to achieve our aims.”
“At the heart of making Whole-Person Care a reality is listening to patients, health professionals, care organisations, and service users. This is the reason why I and my Shadow Health colleagues are visiting places like West Lancashire to hear people‘s experiences and ideas first hand.
“It was clear today that West Lancashire residents are passionate about high quality health and care services. I heard from many people about the problems they face, what works well and the types of changes that can make health and social care even more patient-focussed.
“A big thank you to Rosie Cooper; for organising this event and inviting me along to meet with West Lancashire residents. It was a very positive and constructive event.”
West Lancashire residents can complete the Whole-Person Care Survey by going to Rosie’s website at www.rosiecooper.net/whole-person-care-survey