North Kirklees CCG invited representatives of voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to attend a follow up to the successful VCS ‘Getting to Know You’ events held in September and October 2012. This was an opportunity for the VCS to hear about the work that the CCG had been doing, its priorities, challenges and plans for the future. The VCS were also able to hear from two VCS organisations, funded by the CCG, to keep people healthy in their own homes and communities, and reduce the use of hospital services.
As well as hearing the presentations, the VCS were asked to participate in discussion groups to gain the opinions of the VCS, to understand better how they could help support patients and to begin to eliminate the barriers that stop patients accessing the services provided by them. Read the summary report of the event.