Solihull welcomed delegates from around the world this summer as they attended the EASYCare Giving Voice to Older People conference on 20 and 21 August.
And it’s all thanks to Professor Ian Philp, recently appointed as Deputy Medical Director for Older People’s Care at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. Ian is an adopted Silhillian and former national ‘Tsar’ for older people. He is now responsible for transforming the care for older people across the Trust and specifically for Solihull.
Professor Philp, who has been a Director of the international EASYCare Project for 25 years, says: “Following my appointment to the Trust, the EASYCare international co-ordinating and research centre will be based here in our Solihull Division. The EASYCare approach, which is now active in over 40 countries, is already being used in Solihull. At the conference we will be showcasing how it is already starting to improve older people’s lives.
Professor Philp continues: “We are also establishing a locally based social enterprise which will license and assure the authorised use of EASYCare throughout the world, manage the population data base about older people’s needs and set up an international franchise for training in person-centred care using the EASYCare assessment.
“The NHS has recently recognised Solihull for its work on Urgent and Emergency Care, awarding it “Vanguard” status The EASYCare approach will be is part of the transformation work of the Solihull Vanguard. We will be discussing how the EASYCare approach can transform care systems for better outcomes for older people and family carers.”
The conference included a Civic Reception, where delegates were welcomed by the Leader of Solihull Council, Cllr Bob Sleigh.
Councillor Sleigh explains the significance of this event. “With the national spotlight on integrating health and care services, it’s great news for the borough that Professor Philp has taken on this role at HEFT and has chosen Solihull as the venue for the conference. This is an opportunity to showcase to an international audience what we are already doing in Solihull to improve care and support for our residents.”
Cllr Sleigh continues: “And there is a lot to be proud of. This is a real tribute to the work we have been doing through Solihull Together for better lives, the borough’s shared commitment to ensure that everyone gets the right care and support when they need it.”