Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

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Listening to older people

Could your organisation help us to listen to the views of older people in Gateshead?

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Gateshead Council are working together through the Vanguard Care Home Programme to help improve the health of more than 1,500 people who live in residential and nursing care homes locally.

That includes helping care homes to work more closely with GPs, older person nurse specialists and other health professionals, as part of an initiative which has already reduced avoidable hospital admissions by 14%.

An important part of this work is to hear the views of older people who have experienced care, carers themselves and people who may need care within the next 5-10 years.

We are looking for local organisations who can offer creative ideas for listening to and gathering the views of people over 65, with a particular focus on groups who are seldom heard, such as BME groups, Gateshead’s Jewish community, Eastern European community groups, older men who are isolated, and people with sensory impairments.

This will include testing ‘I’ statements to establish what people would like from the new care model, identifying any gaps and areas for improvement.

Local organisations are invited to put forward proposals up to a value of £1,000 (though we will accept and consider applications which are slightly over the funding limit).

Click here to find out how to put forward your ideas. The application process is open until 26 February 2016, and successful applicants will be notified before 7 March 2016.