The two councils pay us to organise and develop five Partnership Boards in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Each Board’s role is to support and improve care for people who use health and adult social care services.
They do this by including some of the people who use these services in their design, delivery and evaluation.
Social care includes providing social work, personal care, protection or social support services to children or adults in need or at risk, or adults in need due to illness, disability, old age or poverty.
Each Partnership Board is made up of:
- Service user representatives - called Independent Members
- Voluntary sector service providers
- Statutory services such as health and social care
The aim is for half of the members on each board and its Chair to be health and/or adult social care service users.
Raising issues with adult social care
The Chairs attend the Adult Social Care Forum organised by Cambridgeshire County and Peterborough City Councils, chaired by the Head of Commissioning (Adult Social Care). This gives the Boards and other partner organisations a direct communication link with the adult social care senior management.
Healthwatch organises the Board meetings and provides support and training to the Independent Members to help them in their roles.