Hertfordshire has a strong track record of working in partnership. However, with increasing demographic pressures and continued financial challenges, it is more important than ever that we all work together to ensure Hertfordshire remains a ‘County of Opportunity’.
With this in mind, 87 key partners from across the county came together at the 2016 Hertfordshire Forward Annual Conference on Thursday 30 June to consider the challenges around health and social care in Hertfordshire and determine how we can work collectively to address the challenges we are facing:
- A growing population of the over 65’s
- The choices people make in the way they live their lives impacting on their health and their life expectancy
- Recruitment and retention of health and social care staff
Robert Gordon, Chairman of Hertfordshire Forward and Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, opened the conference welcoming partners and reminding them of the ambitions of Hertfordshire Forward. Robert reflected on developments since last year’s conference and provided an update about the progress of the devolution agenda in the area.
The conference also heard from speakers looking to set the scene, raise the issues and stimulate discussion about the pressures and challenges around health and social care in Hertfordshire. Delegates heard about successes of the work to progress integration and examples of successful partnership working.
We also heard about the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for the area and the positive impact of the Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board and the relationships it has forged.
The presentation slides can be seen here:
The health landscape in Hertfordshire from Edward Knowles, Assistant Director Integrated Health, Hertfordshire County Council and Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group.
Challenges for the health and care sector from Sarah Wren, Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) a charitable, not for profit, social enterprise that provides a range of services to help people stay independent, healthy, and happy in their homes.
Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board from Colette Wyatt Lowe, Chairman of the Hertfordshire Health & Wellbeing Board.
Sustainability and Transformation Plan from Beverley Flowers, Chief Executive, East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group
As well as networking opportunities delegates worked together to offer solutions for an enhanced partnership approach to:
- Prepare for and provide adequate provision for the growing older population
- Encourage and enable prevention and self-care in all our residents
- Improve recruitment and retention of health and social care workforce
The information gathered has been collated and analysed and can be seen here. The report will be presented to Hertfordshire Forward Strategy Group and to other partnership groups as appropriate to progress.
This was a key opportunity for senior elected members, board members, chief executives, senior officers and policy makers to shape thinking on these key topics. The conference is the only pan-Hertfordshire Forum where all key statutory, voluntary and commercial interests in our County can get together and consider the issues of the day.
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