Campaigns and Consultations

 

The Forum’s Campaigns

Our campaigns are about those things that our Members tell us are important to them.

Our Members can tell the Committee what’s important to them  in several ways – at our public Open Forum Meetings,  through filling in one of our survey forms, or by emailing us using one of our Contact Us forms.  Thank you to everyone who has commented to us on what’s important to them, it helps  us to know that we are using our energy in the right direction.

So, at the moment, we are working on Health Matters, Jobs and Job Seeking, and Neighbourly Neighbours amongst other things.  Click on the Campaigns that interest you.  Click on Contact Us, to email your views on other matters which you think are important for people of 50+.  

Health Matters

Jobs and Job Seeking

Neighbourly Neighbours

Loneliness

 

AGE UK CAMPAIGNS

Age UK is one of our initial sponsors and have a website that is always worth looking at.   On 12  November 2014, they launched their 2014/15 Winter Campaign  OLDER, NOT COLDER.  

EVERY SEVEN MINUTES ACROSS THIS WINTER SOMEONE DIES NEEDLESSLY FROM BEING COLD 

See http://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-press/older-people-worried-about-keeping-warm-at-home-this-winter/

 

Consultations

Because of the growth in our Membership, we are now invited to contribute SDSAF opinions in a range of consultations. So, we are gathering those here and this part of the website will change as new consultation requests come in.

WASTED MEDICINES     CLOSED 7th November

THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED BUT PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING;

SDSAF emailed the NHS Media Team asking for a web link as indicated below.  The Team did not come back to us.  As such, then, the consultation was a bit of a waste of time.

The NHS South East Commissioning Support Unit is asking for help on the issue of medicines being prescribed but then not being used.  Their estimate is that £500,000 worth of medicine is wasted in Kent alone each year.  We can’t access the feedback form on the web at the moment, meanwhile, we suggest you contact media.KCMS@nhs.net

We have asked if there is a web link we can place here but whilst time is short, we have not yet had a reply.

 

COMMUNITY WARDENS          CLOSED Sunday 9th November

KCC is consulting on huge savings in the community warden service.  This may affect YOUR village or town.

Read the general statement here

Consultation document here

Disappointingly, paper copies of the report were not readily available everywhere.

CONCLUSION - KCC have decided to keep the Community Warden programme as it is!  The county Council had over 1200 responses to its plans to cut the programme almost in half.  Mike Hill KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community Services is reported on the 11th December;

We carried out a six-week consultation which produced nearly 1,200 responses. More than 100 of those were from district and parish councils and the vast majority praised the wardens, either as individuals or as a service, and were keen to see it retained.

We were already aware of the important role that our wardens play in the areas they serve, but this consultation has brought home to us how valued they are by those communities.

We have listened and paid attention to public opinion and I am recommending the correct course of action is to maintain the status quo. I received an indication of support from my Cabinet colleagues at a meeting last month, since when we have been working on some operational issues which have now been resolved.

Although we will be keeping all the present uniformed wardens, we will achieve some savings by a reduction in back-office staff and by closing three area offices.

We will also need to make some minor reorganisation to the warden service, because there is an imbalance in the provision across certain parts of the county.

But the main impact of my decision is that we have heeded public opinion and, assuming my recommendation is ratified by the full Cabinet early in January, this important service should remain at its current level.

 

POLICING IN KENT          CLOSED Friday 5th December        

The Police and Crime Commissioner would like your views on the future of policing in Kent.

Review the current plan here

Read the Consultation document here

Respond to the consultation here

PRIMARY CARE TEAMS WORKING TOGETHER – closed

The NHS in the north of the District would like your views on how Primary Care Teams work together.

Respond to the consultation here or by calling Rebecca on 07768 421 350

EYE SERVICE PATIENT SURVEY 2014 – closed

Clinical Commissioning Groups in Medway, Swale, West Kent, and Dartford Gravesham and Swanley are working to help improve eye services by understanding what is important to patients.  

Click on www.surveymonkey.com/s/eyeservicereview 

eye survey PosterThis survey can be completed on the web, by phone or by post.

Call Rebecca McClymont on 077 68 421 350.  

The survey can be returned by post to;  

Freepost Plus RTEG-RHKB-EJGJ (Rebecca McClymont)

NHS Kent and Medway Commissioning Support Unit

Kent House

81 Station Road

Ashford

TN23 1PP

 

WELLBEING STRATEGY FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, AND YOUNG ADULTS 

CLOSED 5th January 2015

Kent Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board are drafting a new strategy for people between 0 and 25 and views are sought.

Look at the questionnaire here

HAVE YOU USED A & E AT DARENT VALLEY HOSPITAL?  closed

If you have, then Rebecca McClymont would be pleased to know of your experiences.  Email Rebecca McClymont on rebecca.mcclymont@nhs.net or telephone 07768 241350

 

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