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How to Champion Supported Living Homes

How do you share the best supported living homes practice?  Well, one way is to be elected as vice chair of your local Healthwatch.

Following the establishment of Healthwatch England in April 2013, Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen has evolved from the Carers Federation and is in an exciting time in its evolution. During a succession of meetings T.P Properties' Paula Woodruff, has been appointed as vice chair.  Since then Paula has been exceedingly busy working on behalf of the people of her home town in this new role, using her housing with support knowledge in a diverse and dynamic way.  

In its infancy the board has concentrated on distinct activity strands:

  • Maintaining what preceded Healthwatch in monitoring the quality of health and social care locally
  • Designing and constructing a new organisation on the limited resources made available
  • Developing new effective ways of problem solving (and not fault finding) that are appropriate for the 21st Century, and most importantly,
  • Acting as a health and social care signpost for the community.

This focus of work will ensure that Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen will continue to be the very best local independent consumer champion for the public, promoting better outcomes in health for all and in social care for adults.

Paula has taken a specific interest in the Keogh Report and responding to the Francis Inquiry Report: Patients First and Foremost.  Not only has she produced local analysis, but has attended meetings on this subject as the representative of Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen.

Her passage within this prestigious group has been strewn with highlights; however, working under the stewardship of and deputising for Sir Bill Taylor; liaising with Professor Heather Tierney-Moore; and listening to the wise words of Mary Agnew, were just three of note.

Paula said, 'I aim to make sure patients are heard.  Throughout the research that I have undertaken as vice chair there seems to be a clear and simple sinew, that of going back to basics. From housing with support I know the power of having the individual at the heart of all that is done in the name of health and social care. In all of my work and academic life I have always prized this concept, even when it was not fashionable and was replaced by paperwork, targets and people being seen as if 'widgets.'  Perhaps this holistic approach has allowed me to feel passionate about the work that this collective performs.  I have a renewed awareness of my knowledge in care and supported living homes, which act as my drivers.  These factors, and wealth more, give me a great sense of the impact that Sir Bill, I and this wonderful group can and will have in my home town.'

'From housing with support I know the power of having the individual at the heart of all that is done...'
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