The Oldham Health Commission into Fairness took place in April 2011. A reflective sample of the population - 12 people with no previous experience of the NHS except as patients were brought together to hear evidence from a number of expert witnesses to help them answer the following questions:
- What would be the attributes of a ‘fair’ NHS in Oldham?
- How should commissioners go about fairly allocating resources across competing clinical priorities?
- What practical steps should commissioners take to ensure fairness in access and outcomes?
The Commission was sponsored by Commissioning for Oldham Group ('COG'), made up of all the GPs in Oldham. COG is working to become the GP Commissioning Consortium for the borough of Oldham.
The Commission was a collaborative effort between Oldham LINk and NHS Oldham.
On Thursday 12th May 2011 Oldham LINk held a Briefing Session with GP Commissioners from the Commissioning for Oldham Group (COG) and members of the public.
The aim of the session was to provide information on the changes that have occurred to date in GPs becoming the new commissioners of local health services. Dr Ian Wilkinson of the Commissioning for Oldham Group presented this update to the people that attended. He as well as some of the other GPs also answered questions from people who attended on the day as well as questions which people put forward beforehand.
Dr Wilkinson's presentation was filmed and can be viewed by clicking play on the window above.
On the 13th December 2010 the Oldham LINk host team held an event which took place over one day at two locations, the new Royton Health and Wellbeing Centre and ASDA (Shaw).
The purpose of the event was to to try to gather local people’s views on Health and Wellbeing and the issues surrounding these and the local area.
In order to do this, it was decided to use a format previously seen on the Big Brother TV series; a diary room. Members of the public were asked to either sit or stand in the diary room and answer three questions on;
- What worries you about where you live
- What stops you keeping yourself or your family healthy and happy
- What [potential] health problems worry you
The interviews that took place in the diary room were all recorded on video camera, the responses from which were gathered and used to supplement the 2010-2011 District Plans of Royton North, Royton South and Shaw and Crompton with recommendations to inform local health and wellbeing priorities.
The video produced using the footage taken on the day can be viewed by clicking play on the window above.
Pictures taken at the community Roadshow in Oldham Spindles Shopping Centre. The Oldham LINk managed to sign up 460 people at this event.
The Joint Members' Development Day involved Oldham, Stockport, Bury, Bolton and Rochdale LINks coming together to assess the skills and knowledge LINk members already possess. The aim was to identify training needs, so training could be tailored towards LINk members. This in time, will create stronger more influential LINks.
Cath Broderick facilitated this event and has produced a report which the LINk managers will use to create a training strategy for LINk members. A big thank you to all the people who attended, your input has been invaluable.
Both Oldham & Rochdale Borough LINks took part in this annual review. On this day the members reflected on their past year's experiences with the LINk. This enabled members to voice their opinions about the priorities of the Oldham LINk.
Pictures from the official launch of the Oldham LINk. This was held at The Link Centre, Oldham. The Host Team facilitated this event and invited professionals and service users. A panel of key speakers attended and answered questions put forward by the audience.