The ‘Board on the road’ meeting is part of the Trust’s plans to give members of the community across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale, Craven and Wakefield, who use its services, an opportunity to see the Board in action and find out more about the organisation’s work. The Trust is keen to see representations from the local voluntary and community sector at its Board meetings and work closely with different partner organisations to connect local communities together.
At each meeting the Board includes a patient or carer story to reflect on their recent experience of services. This month, members of the public can hear about the importance of family or unpaid carers in how care is provided, through a carer’s story. Carers can receive support through the Trust’s Carers Hubs, which help to support the 60,000 known carers based in the Bradford district, providing regular activities for carers to take time out of their busy days to focus on their own wellbeing.
This month’s story involves the family of a woman who has learning disabilities, who cared for her and advocated for the woman to be able to return to her home after being in hospital for some time. Together with the Trust’s Learning Disabilities team, and support from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and nursing, as well as social care, the family member supported the woman to get back to what she could do before going into hospital. Despite the initial suggestion from staff of moving the woman to a nursing home, this helped her to remain in her own home of many years.
Paul Hogg, Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “We are delighted to hold our ‘Board on the road’ meeting at CNet and have the opportunity to meet with some of our partners from the voluntary and community sector. Our patient or carer stories provide the Board with an important connection to those we service and how can support them across a broad range of services.”
At the meeting, members of the public can also hear about last month’s service visits by the Board of Directors, which helped them to understand how staff deal with winter pressures across community services. The Board visited Somerset House Community Mental Health team and four District Nursing teams: Windhill and Wrose, Shipley and Bingley.
The Trust Board meeting will take place on Thursday 30 January, 1.30pm until 4.00pm at CNet, the training room.