A group set up to look into how health services are used in Calderdale will hold its second meeting this week – and residents are urged to get involved.
The second public meeting of Calderdale Council’s People’s Commission will be held from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday (AUG 13) at Halifax Town Hall.
The Commission has an evidence-gathering panel which includes Calderdale councillors, and an independent chairman, Prof Andrew Kerslake, an associate director of the Institute of Public Care and an emeritus professor at Oxford Brookes University.
During the meeting the panel will hear a presentation from Paul Butcher, Calderdale Council’s director of public health, who will provide data on current health use and how this may change in the future. There will also be a discussion of the evidence already been submitted to the People’s Commission by members of the public.
Prof Kerslake said: “The People’s Commission needs to consider a range of evidence. Facts and figures might appear to many people to be either dull or incomprehensible or both. However, an important element of the commission is to examine the evidence available of how health services in Calderdale are currently used, what might happen in the future and what research tells us is good practice.
“This session is also an opportunity to hear some of the early comments from the local events we have been holding around Calderdale.”
The meeting is open to the public, but people can also share their experiences of local health or social care and their views in writing to People’s Commission, Town Hall, Crossley Street, Halifax, HX1 1UJ; by emailing email@example.com or via Twitter at @Calderdale using the hashtag #HealthyViews.
The panel will review people’s comments until the commission closes in the autumn.
Calderdale’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) is reviewing local health services and the People’s Commission will give local people an opportunity to debate what services are needed now and in the future.
The People’s Commission is expected to report its recommendations to Calderdale’s full council and the CCG in the autumn.