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For the last 18 months 3 Family Carers of relatives with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism (Chris Sterry, Judith Gwynn and Kate Chapman) have been working together with a PHd student (Rachael A Black) at the University of Sheffield (Department of Human Communication Sciences) using the framework of Co-production. This was initially to provide research for Rachael’s thesis required for her PHd, but also to have a meaningful outcome for LD Carers within Sheffield, UK

At the start of this co-production Rachael enquired through Sheffield Mencap & Gateway for carers of persons with Learning Disabilities to work with her on her PHd project. During the last 18 months we have had regular meetings at the University of Sheffield on how we would proceed with this project and what our initial outcomes would be. Initially through general discussions, which Rachael was recording, it became clear that the recurring situations was around carers communications with the range of Service Providers. Within the context of Service Providers it included Sheffield Adult Social Care through Sheffield City Council, various health providers ( being GPs, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Community Health, and many other health areas) together with the independent Care Providers including charities, voluntary and private independent providers.

So that we were not restricted around our own views we decided to create 2 surveys, 1 to be completed by LD carers reflecting on their interactions with Service Providers and the other survey to be completed by Service Providers reflecting on their interactions with LD Carers. The surveys were created on Survey Monkey and during their creation we had a number of meeting to discuss how these were to be formed, the number of questions to be included and the specific questions. When we were all satisfied with both surveys they went live on Survey Monkey and electronic links were disseminated through our various range of contacts within Sheffield, UK.

We also discussed how we wished to to use the information from these surveys in addition to the original outcome for Rachael’s thesis. and decided we would wish to do this in a form of a presentation. We looked at possible dates and venues and obtained costings and also viewed each venue and then using co-production decided which venue to book and how we would advertise the event and provide a means for LD Carers and Service Providers to book to attend the event, which we did through Eventbrite and agreed on a format for a flyer and a website (Carer Voice) and the event title being Carer Voice Working Together.

Working Together Event Presentation 2017

 

Carer Voice ‘Working Together’, The Presenters from left to right, Chris Sterry, Judith Gwynn, Rachael A Black and Kate Chapman

Carer Voice ‘Working Together’, Presenter Rachael A Black Stating the Principles of Co-production

Carer Voice ‘Working Together’ Carers and Service Providers working together

Carer Voice ‘Working Together’ Presenter Judith Gwynn answering questions at the end of the Presentation

Carer Voice ‘Working Together’ Presenter Kate Chapman answering questions

Carer Voice Final Notes

Thank you for coming today and now you have seen the presentation and been involved in the workshops in which carers and service providers have worked together. This is how it should be for we are all here for the same reason, to ensure vulnerable persons, be they be our relatives or not, have provision to ensure their needs are met and they can then led their own lives.

Communication is but one key, but an extremely important key and without it all that is there can fail.

With this in mind I facilitate a support group LD Carers Butty Group, also known as Central group or Butty Group, where there is also a website and a mailing/distribution list. There are other support groups and details of these can be obtained from the Carers Centre and from Cathy and Kirsty from Sheffield Mencap & Gateway (Sharing Caring Project).

If you wish to be included in the mailing/distribution list please advise your email address. While this was produced with carers in mind, it does not mean that service providers cannot be included. Information sent will include areas relating to disability both local and national as well as notes for the support meetings.

Lunch is now ready and there are some leaflets from a selection of providers please view and take away and continue to network throughout lunch.

Do not forget to put on a post it the message you are taking away from this event and an evaluation form will be emailed to you, please return with your comments.

Our thanks to

University of Sheffield, Department of Human Communication Sciences for funding the event

Sheffield Central Fire Station for the room

Healthwatch Sheffield for the pens

Carer Voice ‘Working Together’, Chris Sterry giving the closing statement

 

After the Carer Voice : Working Together event we sent the following email with everyone who attended the event and also to those persons who could not attend but did express an interest in the event.

“We just wanted to get in touch to give you an update on the work we are doing following the Working Together Event in October.

 As a group we have met once to go through the feedback and will be meeting again in December. Where we will start drafting some standards and guidelines for communication between family carers and providers of service based on the information you gave us.  

 In early 2018 we will email these to you for your feedback. If you would not like to receive these emails then please do let me know and I will remove your name form the mailing list.

 We are also planning to pull together a small working group in the New Year to ensure the standards are accessible and practical. If you would be interested in being in this group, please do let us know. It will consist of 2 to 3 meetings at the University of Sheffield.

 Please also find attached some information about care workers in the independent and charity sector and the flu vaccine which we hope will be of use to you.

If you would be interested in receiving a copy of the presentation we gave on the day please do get in touch and I will send this to you.

Many thanks

Rachael and Carer Voice”

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We have now met in December and have started drafting some standards and guidelines for communication between family carers and providers of services based on the information given to us during the Carer Voice : Working Together event.

Further information on this will be issued within the next few months.

 

 

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I am Chris Sterry a family carer and one of the Carer reps on both Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB) and Learning Disability Service Improvement Forum (LDSIF).
Some of you may know me and some not, as some will be aware of LDPB and may be LDSIF.
The reason for this communication is that there has been for some months comments or discussions on the continuation of the LDPB both in its current form, some revision of its form or to even abolish the concept of LDPB altogether.
A meeting for the Reps of LDPB and LDSIF has been arranged on 4 October 2017 at St Mary’s Church in Sheffield, UK.
 Before I continue with this, please see below some information of the inclusion within LDPB and LDSIF.
Within the term LD this does include and/or Autism, although there are discussions on going in forming a separate Autism Partnership Board.
LDPB currently meets every two months, it is a Public meeting and therefore anyone can attend. It was formed under ‘Valuing People‘, which was ‘A vision for the 21st Century’, a White Paper presented in March 2001 and in Chapter Nine it laid down the provision of Partnership working by Partnership Boards which were to be established by October 2001.
There are a number of reps who are down to attend and these come to represent the following
Sheffield City Council
Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group
Sheffield Healthwatch
LD Service Providers
Persons with LD
Carers of persons with LD
Sheffield Carers Centre
This Board used to meet every month, but approximately 2 years ago a recommendation, by Sheffield City Council, was put before the Board that the monthly meetings become 2 monthly and in the other months SIFS would be created, so in effect month by month there would either be a SIF or PB meeting. While there was no real objection to SIFs being formed there was to make the LDPB to 2 monthly from 1 monthly and it was the majority view of the LDPB members at that meeting to continue to meet monthly. Remember this was a partnership and all partners should be equal, but 1 partner, namely, Sheffield City Council (SCC) decided against the majority decision, so much for the partnership principle and democracy.
The various SIFs were created and for the LDSIF as well as the reps from SCC, reps from persons with LD and Carers of persons with LD could apply to be reps and if agreed by SCC then they could attend. This was not fully within the partnership principle and the meetings would not be Public meetings, so only the reps could attend or others as invited. The SIFs have not been created by Statute as was LDPB and is purely a decision by SCC.
Now SIFs are supposed to deal with operational issues while LDPB to deal with strategic issues.
There are a number of SIFs, in addition to LDSIF and these include
Carers, where I am also a Carers Rep
Adult
Mental Health
and possibly a couple more.
As I stated above regarding the discussions on the future of LDPB and in effect LDSIF a joint meeting has been arranged for the reps of both LDPB and LDSIF to attend and a copy of the invite is attached. For information this joint meeting is on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at St Mary’s Church from 11am to 2pm.
I will be attending as well as other carer reps and I do wish to know the views of others within Sheffield, whether they be LD Carers or not, but especially LD Carers and others within the LD community, be they persons with LD, LD Service Providers or any other connection with LD.
I have scanned the internet for information regarding Sheffield LD Partnership Board and although there appeared to be links they did not connect with any relevent information except for this from 2007 and this Help for People with Learning Disabilities. The first link is now 10 years old and the person who appears as the originator for the Foreword, Josie Bennett, who is no longer with Sheffield City Council and there goes another tale which I may proceed to mention some other time. Looking at the second link this appears to be more promising until you progress on the link and the get the message ‘Sheffield has a Learning Disabilities Partnership Board to help us make sure that we meet the needs of people with a learning disability in Sheffield. The Partnership Board meets every two months and is attended by family carer representatives, people with a learning disability, and representatives from agencies in the city who work with people with a learning disability.’ if you then follow that link you get Search Results (0). Now I would say that is not a very encouraging sign for the future of LDPB within Sheffield.
Please do advise your comments, do you agree with me or have your conclusions. LD Boards in other areas do appear to be active being Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire,York and current minutes are readily available, while for Sheffield no current information appears to be readily available.
I also facilitate a LD Carers Support Group at Sheffield Carers centre for which there is an email address being ldcarersbuttygroup@gmail.com, please could you direct replies, comments, etc to that email or to the FLASH (Families Lobbying and Advising Sheffield), of which I am also a member, email being flashld575@gmail.com.
I do look forward to hearing from, as do my fellow reps, especially in these times of change, uncertainty and austerity, not on just the uncertainty regarding LDPB and LDSIF, but any aspect of relating to care. I repeat the 2 emails where comments are encouraged to be made being flashld575@gmail.comor ldcarersbuttygroup@gmail.com or you could come to the LD Support group which is held every 4th Tuesday of each month at the Carers Centre from 12 noon to 2pm, please bring a Butty (Sandwich) drinks tea, coffee, water are providing.
The website of the support group is ldcarersbuttygroup
Thank you
Chris Sterry

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I am from Sheffield and this was a deplorable act by Sheffield City Councilors, but that is not unusal in their dealings within Sheffield for in many respects they feel they are a law to themselves and have no respect to the populas of Sheffield.

Amery should never have been awarded the contract, especially on a PFI basis, for now they can do as they please in the name of profit, whether this be for the good of Sheffield or not.

PFI contracted should be made ilegal, as they were an ill thought out idea which Labour introduced,as while, they may have been a good way to initially introduce new introstructure,however, the penalty clauses that are contained within them should future changes be required creare enormous costs for those who have to live with the resultant situation.

Profit to the few and no benefit for the many.

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