Kintyre’s conversation cafe is a talking point

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Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is holding a community conversation cafe in Kintyre in a bid to open up discussions about health and social care.

The HSCP says it is committed to a person-centred approach where services are built around the people who use them, taking account of individuals’ needs, priorities and strengths.

To support this approach, the HSCP has to talk to people, engage with communities and learn what people need. It needs some structures to build engagement around and is using community conversation cafes to open dialogues.

A conversation cafe is built on equality and inclusion, bringing together service providers and people who use those services to talk about how health and social care can be made as effective as possible. By making discussions less formal, the HSCP hopes more people will take part.

Each area has a Locality Planning Group (LPG) in place and the membership of these groups includes service users, carer representatives, third sector representatives and HSCP staff.

The LPGs will set priorities for the localityits area, including what topics will be discussed within each conversation cafe. A service manager related to the topic will be invited to attend the cafes. The manager will provide some information about the topic, can take questions and comments about the service they run, and take responsibility for information and actions arising from the session.

A conversation cafe has been arranged in Kintyre for Tuesday July 9 at 2pm in the Bengullion day room at Campbeltown Hospital.

Members of the public are invited along to discuss the Kintyre ‘neighbourhood team’, a wide-ranging community care team which includes occupational therapy, physiotherapy, community nurses, health and social care support workers, and social work. The team works to enable people to safely stay at home, prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, facilitate hospital discharges, and to maximise people’s independence and enhance their quality of life.

The HSCP is committed to working with people to ensure their views can improve services and looks forward to coming together with the community at these exciting new events to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn about, discuss and provide feedback about new services.

For more information, please email nhs.abhscp@nhs.net.