Meeting the Challenge of Long-Term Conditions
What a two days! We particularly wish to thank our People’s Panel as well as all our speakers and delegates for your time, energy, and enthusiasm at the Future of Health event on 3 and 4 October 2013.
See the 2013 highlights from Future of Health:
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We hoped that including a People’s Panel would focus delegates’ minds on what people with long term conditions wanted from the health and care system. However we feel that it has actually caused a seismic shift in what to expect from a conference and how the patient voice can be heard so loudly and clearly. We are sure that everyone would agree that this is thanks to the eloquent and frequently touching way in which the People’s Panel told their stories and challenged the system to ensure greater involvement in their care.
It became clear over the couple of days that we could be doing so much more to support people to self-care and to involve them in designing the services they use. This is no mean feat, but as was pointed out, nor is it impossible and we hope you will join us in acting to make sure this happens.
Our pledge to you is that we will tease out the major points of the conference over the next few months and form a strategy to ensure that we have really taken the feedback and action points on board. We will work with our steering committee and people’s panel in doing this and report back in six months on our progress. As was frequently pointed out over the course of the two days, actions speak louder than words, and it’s up to us to act now.
Future of Health is not just a conference but an ongoing dialogue, and this website is here to make sure that this is the case.