Transition Board update

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We hope you to see you at Expo on 13/14 March where we have a stand, are speaking about improving outcomes and reducing variation and plan to spend some time in the dementia ” village ” building on our local knowledge from Crawley CCG and others of what can be done to create a dementia friendly community. The EXPO programme can be found on the Healthcare Innovation Expo website.

This is a key month in terms of AHSN establishment actions. Nationally, Sir David Nicholson and Dame Sally Davies make their decision on whether the 15 proposed AHSNs are licensed in one or more tranches.

Locally we appoint an Independent Chair, migrate equipment, leases and third party licenses to our host organisation and start work on the option appraisal for our future organisational form. Options include hosting within a Higher Education Institute, an NHS Foundation Trust and becoming an incorporated company limited by guarantee.

With this context in their mind the Transition Board met last week. Key points to note from the discussion are:

– the risks to delivery of the Enhancing Quality & Recovery programme

– that job descriptions will be prepared so we can offer our first secondment opportunities to staff from member organisations

– that members will be approached for initial membership contributions

– plans to invest time released from establishment activity, in member engagement through holding our first Partnership Board day in May, introducing county- based events and a monthly newsletter, setting up a website and holding dementia collaborative events.

We also had a discussion on Dementia to help shape our Dementia work programme. We agreed that members weren’t looking for a “meta programme to sit above existing projects and programmes” but that we should develop a programme of work with a focus on using our scale and reach and facilitate effective interaction and responses between industry, health and social care.

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