Health issues in discussion

KATE Moreton-Deakin returned to Todmorden U3A to speak about her “day job” as associate director - corporate social responsibility with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Previously she had spoken to members about her role as a Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

Kate started her professional life as a nurse and rose to become Associate Director of Nursing.

She has gone on to distinguish herself in senior positions in a number of different areas, ranging from the redesign of services and clinical work redevelopment processes to working alongside industry on Iraqi healthcare reconstruction.

Topics covered included the trust’s drive to make services safer for patients and to continue to make substantial reductions in hospital acquired infections.

On the change from Primary Care Trusts to GP funding, Kate said that region-wide advisory panels were being established that mirrored the PCT executive so that experience was retained. She hoped that this would ensure an uninterrupted programme of care.

A question and answer session followed which covered topics ranging from patient feedback to the effect Government legislation would have on the trust.

Kate finished this part of her presentation by pointing out that the trust is a membership organisation and that anyone can join. Membership is available online at Follow the links.

l Gail Allaby gave the short talk on Todmorden Patient Participation Group at Todmorden Health Centre, outlining its objectives.

It promotes co-operation between practice and patients for the benefit of both, but it is not intended as a forum for airing individual any members’ specific problems.

Group meetings also host talks on a wide range of medical issues. Membership is open and free to all patients and staff of the practice.

l Rita Olley made a plea on behalf of the Senior Moments Concert Party, which needs a pianist/accompanist.

They visit care homes in the area and give “approximately an hour-long show of song, dance and stupidity. We cannot promise you any payment, only hard work, fun, a sense of achievement and satisfaction,” said Rita.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Rita on telephone 01706 819926.