The Get Involved Group (GIG)is a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) funded community engagement project at the Fed Centre for Independent Living. It aims get the voices of disabled people heard in identifying issues and helping define the solutions with service provision ion Brighton and Hove. GIG members are engaged through the both online and offline communications and offered the chance to participate at regular meetings, which cover a wide range of topics.
As part of the CCG funded engagement work, the GIG ran a consultation on Hospital Discharges between December 2014 and January 2015, which despite the festive period saw a good response with 30 participants. Individuals were engaged through various means including telephone, post and social media and represented a wide range of ages and impairment types.
The main findings included:
- A lack of a consistent approach to communication, with patients and their GPs still being left unclear about aftercare plans
- A need for Disability Awareness training of NHS staff, social workers and OTs
- Further support is also required around hospital leavers adapting to changes in circumstances, such as decreased mobility, or coping with a new impairmen
- Training needs to be provided to health care staff to be able to effectively sign-post individuals to the relevant support organisations.
- Adequate staffing must be provided to cover the relevant services, such as hospital transport
The GIG have sent their report to the CCG with recommendations and will be keen to feed the responses to these back to all who engaged.