People for Public Services: inaugural meeting of Adult Social Care Citizen Engagement Forum

Over 50 local people who all wanted to have their say about adult social care services attended the first meeting of Birmingham City Council’s new citizen engagement forum for adult social care. The meeting, co-chaired by Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care Councillor Paulette Hamilton and Birmingham citizen Joshua Feehan, took place on Wednesday 9 January 2019.

Items on the agenda included Dr Graeme Betts, Interim Corporate Director, Adult Social Care and Health directorate, discussing co-production as an essential element of the Council’s vision for Adult Social Care. Assistant Director for Adult Social Care Pauline Mugridge, shared details of the Ageing Well Programme for Birmingham; Grace Natoli, Head of Service updated delegates on the plans for improving our Shared Lives offer in the future; John Freeman, Commissioning Manager attended to discuss the plans for improving day opportunities across the city; and Amanda Jones, Change Manager attended the meeting to seek feedback from citizens on how they would like to be supported as part of the new customer journey.

Feedback from citizens was very positive and ideas are already coming into the team about how citizens want to be more involved.The next People for Public Services Meeting will be discussing Early Intervention (ensuring older people are helped before their needs become critical) at the next meeting on Tuesday 5th  February from 10.30am – 12.30pm at the H Suite, 100 Icknield Port Road, Birmingham B16 0AA.

For more information on the Citizen Engagement Forum, visit the webpage