Annual General Meeting 2018
In this, the 70th year of the NHS, we held our fifth annual general meeting on Tuesday 18 September 2018 in the Pavilion Suite, Willerby Manor Hotel. We had a fantastic turnout this year with around 70 people attending from members of the public, staff, councillors, voluntary and community services and provider services.
We presented a number of our acheivements from 2017-18 which contributed to our improved rating of 'Good' from NHS England in their annual assessment of CCGs.
Natalie Belt, Service Manager at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust discussed Social Prescribing, a way for frontline healthcare professionals, including GPs, to refer patients to a Community Link Worker for advice, help and support in dealing with non-medical issues, reducing the impact on GP services.
Dr Tom Milligan, local GP and our GP Primary Care Lead delivered a presentation on some of the projects taking place in Primary Care, including Active Signposting. Active Signposting ‘Get Help Sooner’ is a new approach coming to the East Riding in October which will see trained reception staff in GP surgeries offer patients the choice to access the most appropriate services without an initial appointment with a GP, such as physiotherapy, mental health, pharmacy and dental services. Another area of focus in Primary Care is the workforce, and Dr Milligan explained how the East Riding will benefit from 12 GPs through an international recruitment project.
A presentation on the mobilisation of new urgent care services, which we introduced earlier this year, was led by our Medical Advisor and GP, Dr Craig Dobson. We revealed that around 17,500 patients accessed these new services during April, May and June 2018. During the same period over 17,000 calls dealt with by NHS111 for patients in the East Riding getting people to the right service, with 965 of those directed to urgent care services.
This was the last AGM for Chair, Dr Gina Palumbo, who will step down from the role at the end of this year. Gina gave her thoughts on the future of the NHS, both locally and nationally, with a focus on self care, resilience, prevention and integration.
Our financial performance was also on the agenda, with Chief Finance Officer, Richard Dodson explaining that the we managed to achieve our financial plan for the year and detailing how the budget of £397 million was spent. Click here to download our annual report for 2017-18.
Finally, the meeting ended with a lively question and answers session, with a number of questions gathered beforehand as well as some asked from attendees too.