Engagement Champions – Learning Disabilities Programme
Engaging in the Transforming Care Partnership Plan
VAC is working in partnership with Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups to support the involvement of adults with learning disabilities to have a say about health care and services across the area and to be involved in the Transforming Care Partnership (TCP) Plan for Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and Barnsley (CKWB). The TCP sets out a programme to transform services for people with a learning disability and/or autism.
In Calderdale, VAC manages the Engagement Champions programme, which gives local communities a say in the delivery of local health services. As part of this work, it was recognised that adults with learning disabilities face significant barriers to involvement in public and patient engagement. As a result, a model of engagement was developed in Calderdale which involved people with learning disabilities in health service changes.
VAC is developing its original model and will be working with groups of people with learning disabilities in Calderdale and Kirklees, and also in Wakefield and Barnsley, to support their engagement in the TCP process and feed their views into any proposals for changes to health services. At the end of the programme, participants will feel confident in responding to consultation and engagement exercises as part of an ongoing process of involvement.
Two members of VAC’s Health team are delivering this work and have been speaking to organisations across Calderdale and Kirklees over the past few weeks. Over the next few months, Becky Loney and Jane Wheildon will be delivering sessions about engagement and consultation to groups of people with a learning disability. Both Becky and Jane are experienced trainers and have many years of experience of working with people with learning disabilities.