It’s great to see momentum building within the Right Care Right Here Partnership. Since the introduction of Robin Morrison (Programme Chair) and Angela Poulton (Programme Director) in the Summer, partners have refreshed the vision and things are really starting to pick up pace. The focus of effort is now to work together to:
- Achieve an integrated, sustainable health and social care system by 2025
- Use improvements in health services to deliver better quality neighbourhoods, education, employment and businesses, leading to happier, more prosperous and healthier people.
There’s a lot of work happening over the next few months, in particular as we await the final approval for the Midland Met Hospital. It was approved in July 2014 by the Treasury, and we’re one step closer to making our 10 year vision a reality, with Sandwell Council granting planning permission.
Work is being done to finalise the business case, which is the last major hurdle we need to cross before building work can begin.
Midland Met Hospital is only one piece of this bigger programme. We want to go much further than the new hospital development, by ensuring the right services are available in the community to help reduce admissions to hospital. A number of workstreams are up and running to support this, including urgent care and regeneration, with others being developed including planned care, mental health, primary and community care and public health (prevention).
Communications and engagement colleagues from across the area are also working together to develop a forward plan for keeping everyone informed and involved in our work over the next few years. More information should be coming out in early 2016.
Momentum is building within the Right Care Right Here partnership, with all partners reaffirming their commitment to the programme. This partnership remains the strategic direction for everything we’re hoping to achieve as a system.
For over ten years local health and social care organisations have worked together, under the Right Care Right Here partnership, to improve people’s health and the quality of health and social care services provided to them.
Robin Morrison has now started as the Independent Programme Chair, and brings a wealth of experience in the local authority and health sector. Robin started his career as a Chartered Civil Engineer, and culminated as the Chief Executive of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. Whilst working at the Council, Robin led the transformation of social care services working closely with health services. Robin retired in 2011, and lives in Wolverhampton. He now supports a number of projects, including as the Chair of Staffordshire Healthwatch. This blend of local authority and health experience will be a real benefit in leading the partnership.
Angela Poulton has been appointed as the Programme Director, and has been working within the NHS for 21 years holding financial, operational management and service redesign roles mainly in hospitals. Angela previously worked as the Right Care Right Here Programme Manager and brings a wealth of experience in working with local partners. Working with the Right Care Right Here Board they will be developing the detailed Programme Plan, which will outline the key milestones over the next few years.