Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley Directors Robert and Gail Godson were delighted to be invited and join with a group of specially selected guests to attend a ‘West Lancashire Care Summit’ hosted by local MP Rosie Cooper with special guest speaker Shadow Minister for Health Andrew Gwynne MP.
For 65 years, the NHS in England has tried to meet one patient’s needs through three different systems: physical health through acute hospitals and primary care; mental health through separate services often at the fringes of the NHS; and social care in council-run services.
The theme for the summit was ‘Whole-Person Care ‘and Rosie went on to say: “as we live longer, people’s needs are becoming a complex blur of the physical, mental and social. The question, therefore, is whether it is time for the full integration of health and social care? One budget, one service co-ordinating all of a patient’s needs and I am very keen to hear your views on the subject of Whole-Person Care”.
“At some point in all our lives we will have to turn to health and social care services. It is essential that we ensure that they continue to meet our needs today and in the future”.
The discussion outputs from the meeting will be combined with the outcomes from an online survey currently running on the web site of Rosie Cooper MP and will form the basis for a West Lancashire submission to the Independent Commission on Whole – Person Care.
Recognised for her valuable contribution to the local West Lancashire Health Economy, Rosie Cooper is an influential member of the Parliamentary Heath Select Committee appointed by the House of Commons to examine the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department of Health and its associated bodies.
Rosie Cooper MP working hard for West Lancashire