Over the last few months we have seen a number of friends and supporters leave our community. Graham Mackenzie, CEO NHS Wandsworth, left the organisation after 10 years of service. From when the Wandsworth Primary Care Trust was based at Springfield Hospital, through the ‘Wimbledon Years’ and their transition to Clinical Commissioning Groups and move to their current offices in East Putney, Graham had been a consistent supporter and champion of community empowerment, and a key enabler of Wandsworth Coproduction. He will be sorely missed by all and a loss to the local health economy. We wish him well in his future endeavours. Councillor James Maddan has left his role as Cabinet Member for Adult Health and Care to become the First Citizen of Wandsworth, the Boroughs New Mayor. He has also played an important role in the development of Wandsworth Coproduction, and we look forward to our continued partnership in the year ahead, and wish him good luck in his Mayoral adventures.
We welcome James Blyth the new Managing Director of Wandsworth and Merton CCG or Local Delivery Unit as its now called. He joins us from Surrey Downs CCG where he was Director of Commissioning for several years. We also welcome Liz Bruce, as the Boroughs new Director of Adult Social Services. Liz joins us from her previous post as the Executive Director of Adult Social Services across the Tri-boroughs, an experience which will serve her well in the new shared staffing arrangements of Wandsworth and Richmond Councils. Both James and Liz are great additions to our community and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead as we continue to take on the shared challenge of transforming our public services and civic spaces to meet the needs of 21st century health and social care.
Within and across WCEN we have hosted a series of lectures on Faith, Community and Mental Health over the last few months and look forward to the last in this series to be given by Reverend Andrew Davey. You will be able to read about this and register to attend elsewhere in this newsletter. It has been a real pleasure to welcome members of our community from across all faiths and none, alongside many friends and colleagues from the local Mental Health Trust to join us in conversation, debate and the sharing of food and fellowship. As the new Talk Wandsworth service starts to get into gear, we have started to rebuild our Coproduction partnership following a series of successful pilots last year, and look forward to bringing this service out into communities and networks in the weeks and months ahead. In this Newsletter you will also be able to read about our NHS Healthcheck pilot project where we have worked alongside Battersea Healthcare to coproduce this service in the Boroughs faith and community networks. We have been encouraged by the large numbers of people who have queued up to get their health checked, busting yet again the myth of ‘hard to reach communities’ . Many of you will know that we had to postpone our Hardship and Crises conference with our partners Citizens Advice Wandsworth, due to the recent General Election forcing the withdrawal of Council friends and colleagues from participating. Look out below for details of the new date- 26th July- when we hope that many of you will be able to join us.
Finally, the General Election has confirmed one of the insights that have emerged from our practice and observation of our local and global environments. We are in a period of profound change where the old orders are being fundamental challenged and transformed into the new. At WCEN we will continue to enable spaces where we can all contribute towards informing and shaping these futures. We have been revisiting our Coproduction Research Conference held in 2015 with Professor John Benington where we explored these themes of change and disruption (watch here) and listening again to the conversation that he had with Paul Martin CEO Wandsworth Council where they explored together the implications and challenges of new ways of working (watch here).
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