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Creating 'Positive Partnerships'

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Hampshire County Council is seeking views on how to provide care and support to people with a physical, neurological, and or sensory impairment that will help them have opportunity, choice and independence in their lives.

The Positive Partnership strategy has been developed by the County Council working with people who use care and support services, their carers, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and service providers. It has been designed around people's needs, not specific conditions, and recognises that care and support needs to be personal and flexible.

Cllr Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: "People want to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible, and to have choice and control over the way they live their lives, including over the care and support they receive.

"We want this strategy to truly reflect the needs and expectations of people who are living with a physical, neurological or sensory impairment and for it to enable all involved in their care and support to work together in a positive way. This is why it is important that the strategy is based on the views of people receiving care and providing and commissioning care."

'Positive Partnerships' identifies a number of needs, such as decreasing social isolation, having a voice, support to gain employment and access to suitable housing. The consultation, which runs until 3 June, asks people to identify which needs are most important and what actions they think should be taken to meet them.

The new strategy aims to build on the steps already taken to enable people with a physical, neurological and/or sensory impairment to live independently and have choice and control.

John Evans, OBE left his social services funded residential home in Greatham, Liss for the physically disabled to branch out on his own and live independently thirty years ago. Since then John has devoted his life to promoting Independent Living and Disability Rights, he said: "Independent living is one of the most important life changing influences in the lives of disabled people. I have seen it transform the lives of many disabled people from being passive recipients on benefits to active citizens and employers living a meaningful and fulfilling life. Hampshire should be proud of itself for instigating independent living and supporting it from the beginning."

In their joint foreword to 'Positive Partnerships' Dr Hugh Freeman and Dr Barbara Rushton, representing the five Hampshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: "We want to support people to stay well and independent, manage their long-term health conditions, and ensure high quality care is there for vulnerable people. We are committed to promoting good emotional wellbeing and mental health for everyone as this will contribute significantly to enabling them to live full and rewarding lives. We believe our approach will make it possible for more people with physical and sensory disabilities to live, work and participate in their local community so that everyone has the same opportunities."

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