Survey launched to help decide future of health and social care in Wirral

An online survey has been launched that will let contributors share their experiences and suggest improvements in the face of budget reductions

An online survey has been launched that will let contributors share their experiences and suggest improvements in the face of budget reductions

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AS THE cost-cutting axe swings at health and social care, Wirral people are being asked to come up with ideas to help “re-shape” the services.

An online survey has been launched that will let contributors share their experiences and suggest improvements in the face of budget reductions.

The idea is the brainchild of Wirral Council and NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group - the organisation representing all the borough’s GPs.

The key aims are to help people plan their own care and take more responsibility for looking after their health.

The transformation programme is called “Vision 2018.”

Dr Abhi Mantgani, chief clinical officer for the commissioning group, said: “Nationally, there is a real and significant challenge facing the NHS and its partners from limited finances to a growing elderly population with multiple conditions, and Wirral is no different.

"The future doesn’t just pose challenges, it also presents opportunities.

“We believe that by working together, we can transform health and social care services on the Wirral so that they are both safe and fit for the future.”

Clare Fish, the council’s strategic director of families and wellbeing, said: “There is also a big challenge to encouraging individuals to take greater responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and the lifestyle choices they make which could have negative impacts on their health and create a significant burden on an already pressured service.

“Vision 2018 is Wirral’s response to this challenge and we would very much welcome contribution from the public to help us shape the new approach for Wirral.”

The survey is available online here.

It must be completed by March 28.

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3:37pm Mon 17 Mar 14

woodyres2 says...

An online survey immediately excludes many elderly people who do not have experience of computers, and many who cannot afford to be on-line.

Wouldn't these be the people who should be consulted about their care needs ? How are they going to be asked ?

This is such an important issue, an online survey will not be adequate !! Unless of course the "transformation" team (Formally Wirral DASS) don't actually want to know ....
An online survey immediately excludes many elderly people who do not have experience of computers, and many who cannot afford to be on-line. Wouldn't these be the people who should be consulted about their care needs ? How are they going to be asked ? This is such an important issue, an online survey will not be adequate !! Unless of course the "transformation" team (Formally Wirral DASS) don't actually want to know .... woodyres2
  • Score: 6

5:10pm Mon 17 Mar 14

bigfoot says...

Another fudged, fiddled and foregone conclusion,why waste our time when WBC's 'star chamber' have already made the decisions?!
Another fudged, fiddled and foregone conclusion,why waste our time when WBC's 'star chamber' have already made the decisions?! bigfoot
  • Score: 5

6:06pm Mon 17 Mar 14

JohnON says...

I only got to question 4 before I gave up. Asking questions like:

"4. If you feel you have ever 'fallen through the gaps' between services, felt 'forgotten about' or ' had to explain yourself anew to every professional or service you have encounted (sic)' what would you like to see happen differently to stop this happening again?"

... and then giving you a one line 30-character long scrolling text box to type in an answer that would need about 5 A4 sheets to answer properly!

Like most organisations that give the illusion of offering choice, what they're really doing shifting the responsibility away from themselves.
I only got to question 4 before I gave up. Asking questions like: "4. If you feel you have ever 'fallen through the gaps' between services, felt 'forgotten about' or ' had to explain yourself anew to every professional or service you have encounted (sic)' what would you like to see happen differently to stop this happening again?" ... and then giving you a one line 30-character long scrolling text box to type in an answer that would need about 5 A4 sheets to answer properly! Like most organisations that give the illusion of offering choice, what they're really doing shifting the responsibility away from themselves. JohnON
  • Score: 7

7:46pm Mon 17 Mar 14

David Scott says...

Let's hope they aren't going to 'decide the future of health and social care in Wirral' on the basis of an exercise like this. Wording too complex, loaded questions, self-selecting sample, etc.
Let's hope they aren't going to 'decide the future of health and social care in Wirral' on the basis of an exercise like this. Wording too complex, loaded questions, self-selecting sample, etc. David Scott
  • Score: 8

10:01am Tue 18 Mar 14

Growl Tiger says...

As health care professionals one could be forgiven for thinking their training would have provided them with the answer to these questions. Why do they need us to state the blooming obvious?
As health care professionals one could be forgiven for thinking their training would have provided them with the answer to these questions. Why do they need us to state the blooming obvious? Growl Tiger
  • Score: 3

10:47am Tue 18 Mar 14

Growl Tiger says...

I’ve just re-read the document and the compiler has failed in his/her duties. Every resident knows that any Wirral “consultation” document has buried in the small print the phrase “Would you be prepared to pay a small fee for this service”. On this occasion I can’t find it.
I’ve just re-read the document and the compiler has failed in his/her duties. Every resident knows that any Wirral “consultation” document has buried in the small print the phrase “Would you be prepared to pay a small fee for this service”. On this occasion I can’t find it. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 2

12:19pm Tue 18 Mar 14

woodyres2 says...

Just to give you an idea of how half hearted this survey is, I have just received an email from the Press Officer at Wirral Council attaching 2 posters advertising this fiasco.

It seems there is no money in the budget to publicise this "consultation" so the voluntary community groups are being asked to print off these posters, (at their own expense) and distribute them "as widely as possible" amongst their contacts.

I wonder how much these people are getting paid ? Yet they always expect the third sector organisations to do the work for them !!
Just to give you an idea of how half hearted this survey is, I have just received an email from the Press Officer at Wirral Council attaching 2 posters advertising this fiasco. It seems there is no money in the budget to publicise this "consultation" so the voluntary community groups are being asked to print off these posters, (at their own expense) and distribute them "as widely as possible" amongst their contacts. I wonder how much these people are getting paid ? Yet they always expect the third sector organisations to do the work for them !! woodyres2
  • Score: 5

5:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

My campaign would be to encourage hard line smokers to convert to electronic cigarettes. Dont believe what you are told by the EU, HMG, Cancer Research and all the anti smoking brigade. Believe me they are all ill informed. I have been using these devices for 5 years and BP has returned to normal, the smokers cough has gone and my GP now considers me to be a non smoker..........So M/s Fish, stop bashing e.cigs....2 million users will save the NHS an absolute fortune over the next 20 years and beyond
My campaign would be to encourage hard line smokers to convert to electronic cigarettes. Dont believe what you are told by the EU, HMG, Cancer Research and all the anti smoking brigade. Believe me they are all ill informed. I have been using these devices for 5 years and BP has returned to normal, the smokers cough has gone and my GP now considers me to be a non smoker..........So M/s Fish, stop bashing e.cigs....2 million users will save the NHS an absolute fortune over the next 20 years and beyond Llamedos 1
  • Score: 1

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