Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Equality in Social Care Conference

Yesterday I was delighted to be asked to chair a conference in County Hall on equality in Social Care.

An audience of 80+ heard from Pam Vickery of the Care Quality Commission and Tracy Sweet of NHS Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and discussed topics such as religion and belief, literacy, mental health, data usage and human rights - and how all of these can affect the type of care a person receives and whether they have equal access to it in the first place.

There were also the inaugural care equality awards with the winning team being the CHAMPS - a project for people with learning disabilities who become healthcare champions, testing access to services and spreading information. A number of the CHAMPS also helped to run the day. Othr projects to be honoured were a longstanding horticultural project at Eden for people with mental health problems, an information project for young people which accredits health services as being young people friendly and the Community Health Services Healthy Lifestyles project for people who have lost a limb.

It was a great event and I hope that other attendees learned as much from it as I did.

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