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Caring Together in Eastern Cheshire

The aim of Caring Together is to deliver a new system of health and social care across Eastern Cheshire that joins-up local care for all our wellbeing.  It’s about the providers of care working with the people who receive care, their support networks, family, friends and carers.

This is your Caring Together Engagement HQ - a place where you can find information, view our latest updates, share your experiences, tell us your views and get involved.

For more information on how to join the conversation, and why, read the campaign leaflet: http://caringtogether.info/document/show/114

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Caring Together - your chance to help shape local health and care services in Eastern Cheshire

The public in Eastern Cheshire is being invited to help shape the future of local health and social care services in the area by playing its part in a ‘big conversation’ kicking off today.

The opportunity has been created by Caring Together - an alliance of all of the area’s health and social care providers – which is working to create a joined-up service across the whole of Eastern Cheshire, with the aim of improving everyone’s wellbeing.

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Improvements in quality and accessibility revealed as key drivers for health changes


People in Eastern Cheshire want quality of care and accessibility of services to be central to any changes to health and social care services in the region.

Research from the Caring Together stakeholder event held on 14th March revealed that ensuring consistent quality across services is key, with attendees recommending establishing common quality standards across all services.

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Second Stakeholder Panel Event announced

We are delighted to confirm that the second Stakeholder Panel Event has now been arranged for Wednesday 21st May 2014.

The event will take place at Congleton Town Hall, High Street, Congleton, CW12 1BN.

Registration is from 6pm, with the event starting at 6.30pm. Refreshments and a buffet will be served. Your travel expenses will be reimbursed should this be a requirement. At this stage, we envisage that the third event will be held on Monday 30th June 2014– full details TBC.

What will be discussed?

This second event will focus on the early draft of the Care Models. These are proposals for how care could be provided across Eastern Cheshire in the future. The event will give you the opportunity to help shape and influence these models, so that the needs of local people are further taken into account. A more detailed pre-event pack will be mailed out the week before the event.


If you are already a Panel member you will automatically be registered. However, could you please confirm your attendance by either emailing join@caringtogether.info or by calling 01625 242 511. If you are not registered, but would like to attend please contact us using the details above.


Overwhelming agreement that changes are needed to health and social care in Eastern Cheshire


As part of its process to co-design the future of health and social care services in Eastern Cheshire, the Caring Together programme recruited a Stakeholder Panel made up of local residents, frontline health and social care staff and members of voluntary or community groups.  The Stakeholder Panel met for the first time on the 14th March to ‘Join the conversation - seizing the opportunity for better care in Eastern Cheshire.’

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Skills for Health and Age UK Cheshire East case study

A unique partnership in Eastern Cheshire between the voluntary sector and the NHS has led to the creation of the role of Wellbeing Coordinator.
Skills for Health supported the partnership in developing the role, which aims to help older people to enjoy improved health and wellbeing, and it is hoped will lead to fewer GP visits and hospital admissions.

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Register for Cheshire East Council workshops and share your experiences of social care services

Cheshire East Council is reviewing how it delivers social care services, and they want to work with the community to understand how they can support you more effectively.

They want to know about your experiences of Council social care services; if you get the advice you need, whether your views are listened to and whether you receive the help you need to be part of the community.

In order to listen to your views and experiences, they have arranged two workshops on the following dates,:

  • §Crewe on 10 March (Monday), 10am-12 noon, Crewe Library
  • §Macclesfield on 11 March (Tuesday), 10am -12 noon, Macclesfield Town Hall

These workshops are aimed at people who receive social care services in Cheshire East (whether from the Council or someone else) and their carers and family.

To register or to find out more, contact the Consultation and Participation Team, Cheshire East Council at cpu@cheshireeast.gov.uk  or call 01270 371376. When registering, the Council will want to capture the perspective that participants are interested in, be it as an older person, an individual with physical disabilities, or as a carer etc.

These workshops will build on some of the information that Cheshire East Coucil have already gathered from customers, exploring this in more detail, and helping to deliver positive change for social care users.

We want to encourage Healthwatch members, where appropriate, to participate in these workshops to ensure the voice of the local community is taken into account.  Please also pass this invitation on to anyone else you feel may wish to be involved in this, to ensure consumers of these services are well represented.

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Local Resident shortlisted for NHS England's "Participant of the Year" award

One of our local Caring Together champions, Charlotte Peters Rock, was a finalist in the NHS England Excellence in Participation ‘Participant of the Year’ Award. The award was presented last week at the NHS Health and care Innovation Expo in Manchester.

Champions meet with key ECCCG members


Champions of the project, Vaja Vasanti, Gina Jones, Maxine Peak and Sue Mellor, meet with ECCCG representatives, Jerry Hawker and Dr Paul Bowen. 

Stakeholder Panel Event - NEW DATE CONFIRMED

The first Stakeholder Panel event has been NOW BEEN CONFIRMED AS 14TH MARCH 2014.

This is a full day's event 10am until 4pm in Macclesfield.  If you would like to attend or would like further information, please either call 01625 242 511  or email join@caringtogether.info.

Click here for the full invitation and Stakeholder Panel terms of reference.

Help us join up care in Eastern Cheshire – Patient and Carer representatives wanted!

Join one of our Care Model Design Groups that focus on: The Empowered Person, Community Provided Care, Local Specialist Care and Specialised Care.

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