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Focus on children at 2016 Annual General Meeting

Children and young people were at the heart of the annual celebrations held by local NHS commissioners.Around 150 people attended the Annual General Meeting of NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), at The Harlington, in Fleet.

The event covered the work done by the CCG and its partners during 2015/16 to design and provide the best possible health and care services for local people, with a particular focus on improving the mental and physical wellbeing of the younger members of the area’s population.

This includes working with schools in Rushmoor and Farnham to create a Young Persons Safe Haven to support the mental health of school age children and the Better Me programme, which is delivered by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and promotes confidence, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.Guests at the event heard about the Doing it Differently programme, which is working to join up health and social care services for children in Hampshire.

Also highlighted was the work of Home Start to support troubled families, and of Action for Carers in Surrey to identify and support young carers.

Dr Andy Whitfield, Clinical Chair of the CCG, said he was proud to lead the CCG.During the event Dr Whitfield gave an overview of the year, explaining that the CCG had assumed extra responsibility for commissioning GP services.

He also gave an overview of the Happy Healthy at Home programme, which is working with health and social care partners to improve the health of local people by testing new models of care.

Against a background of NHS finances in the national news, he told the audience: “We are in a fortunate position locally – I like to think due to the good management we have, the good providers, the clinical input and the patient input – that we are providing a balanced budget.”

There was a tribute to the late Dr Kate Granger, the Yorkshire doctor whose own experience of undergoing treatment led her to found the #hellomynameis… campaign to humanise health services and encourage clinicians to introduce themselves to their patients.

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