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Kate has heard from older constituents and their carers in Trafford about their own personal experiences of social care, and how they feel a sustainable care system could be built.

The event, organised by Age UK and Age UK Trafford, comes ahead of the government’s plans to publish a green paper on care and support for older people by summer 2018. It is part of the charity’s work to ensure that the voices of older people are heard as the Government prepares to set out its plans.

Kate said: “Carers in my constituency do an amazing job looking after friends or family members. But the carers I met at Age UK Trafford told me they want better information, more coordination of services, and a fair system of funding for anyone who needs care. It’s wrong that the system doesn’t give them the support they deserve, when they give so much. I’ll be proud to speak up for them in parliament.”

Ann Marie Jones, Chief Executive of Age UK Trafford said: “We are grateful to Kate Green MP for attending the event at Age UK Trafford and listening to our focus group of carers about their experiences of social care in Trafford. They very much welcomed the opportunity to influence the future of social care with Kate’s support”

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s Charity Director said about the event: “It’s always incredibly valuable hearing directly from older people about the social care challenges they face and equally their thoughts about solutions.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Government to ensure that older people’s views and experiences really do inform new social care policy.

“Not only is this the right thing to do in principle, it also makes it much more likely the proposals the Government ultimately produces for strengthening social care make a real difference.”

 

Kate hears from older constituents about their experiences of being on the frontline of care

Kate has heard from older constituents and their carers in Trafford about their own personal experiences of social care, and how they feel a sustainable care system could be built....

NHS_70_Logo.jpgKate is calling for nominees to enter a special awards programme being organised to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards is part of a range of activities being organised by NHS England and NHS Improvement to celebrate the achievements of the NHS and those who work for and with it.

Kate is searching for outstanding nominees who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the health and care system provides care for patients.

There are ten categories, including a Lifetime Achievement award to honour those who have devoted their lives or careers to making the NHS better, both for patients and those who work within it.

Kate said: “The NHS is one of the nation’s most loved institutions, and I’m so proud that Trafford General was its birthplace.

“It’s therefore really fitting that we take the opportunity of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations to recognise and thank the extraordinary people who are there to support and care for us, day in, day out.

“I know of so many examples of excellent care and practice benefiting local people, and I would urge those working with and for health and care organisations in Stretford and Urmston to tell me about someone, or a team, that they think deserves national recognition.”

Kate is calling for potential nominations in the following categories:

  • The Excellence in Cancer Care Award: an individual or team which is going above and beyond to improve outcomes and experience for patients living with and beyond cancer.
  • The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award: an individual or team which has developed new and effective services to help people living with mental health problems in the community.
  • The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award: an individual or team which has made improvements to how the NHS treats people in life or death situations.
  • The Excellence in Primary Care Award: a primary care practitioner or team which is working with patients to help them stay healthy in their own homes.
  • The Person-Centred Care Champion Award: an individual or team which has gone furthest towards bringing together services to ensure patients with long-term and multiple conditions get the right care in the right place for them.
  • The Future NHS Award: an individual or team that has successfully trialled and embedded innovative change(s) to empower and improve care for patients.
  • The Healthier Communities Award: an individual or team which has brought different groups together to improve public health in their areas.
  • The Care and Compassion Award: any nurse, midwife or care staff member of any discipline and in any setting who has used their skills to ensure that patients experience care and compassion.
  • The Patient and Public Involvement Award: to celebrate volunteers who help shape and deliver better services in their area.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award: for an individual who has worked within a health or care setting for 40 years or more who has left a lasting legacy.

The deadline to submit nominations is Monday 5 March at 5pm. Nominations should be sent to kate.green.mp@parliament.uk using forms which can be found here and here.

Kate will choose one nomination per relevant category; these will then be entered into the competition to be judged by senior local and regional NHS experts to find a regional champion in each category, to be announced on 21 May.

These regional champions will then be judged by a high-level panel, with the winners announced at a special awards ceremony in Parliament on 4 July – the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.

Further information on the Parliamentary Awards, including how to nominate and the criteria for each category, is available at www.nhs70awards.co.uk.

Kate seeks local ‘Health and Care Heroes’ for awards marking 70th birthday of the NHS

Kate is calling for nominees to enter a special awards programme being organised to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

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Apologies that my blog has fallen a little off timetable this week. I’ve been having a rather remarkable few days, and I’m only just catching up with myself now parliament is on its half-term break.

So apologies to both St Antony’s College and St Mary’s Primary School for the delay in mentioning my very rewarding visits to your schools last Friday. Great politics questions from the St Antony’s students, and I am very much looking forward to working with the St Mary’s school council to tackle some of the parking and traffic issues you’re facing. I’ll be posting more about this on Facebook over the coming weeks, so everyone can follow what’s happening.

Thanks also to members of Darul Amaan mosque in Hulme for the invitation to your interfaith event last Sunday. This mosque is just outside my constituency, but many members both live and participate in volunteering and community activities in Stretford and Urmston. You are highly respected and valued neighbours.

I was also exceptionally lucky to join a group of MPs to visit the Large Hadron Collider in CERN in Switzerland last week. I had been invited to meet scientists from Manchester University, and indeed from right across the world, who are carrying out groundbreaking experiments to help us understand our universe. It is hard to describe the scale and importance of what they’re doing - and my MP colleagues and I were soon way out of our depth when it came to understanding the science. But what we did understand was the importance of this incredible international project that has already given us the World Wide Web, touch screen technology, MRI scanners, and many other amazing inventions - and these initiatives are just by-products of CERN’s central research programme. All I can say is that the work is right at the frontier of human intelligence, and I was so impressed to meet the scientists. You can find out, and maybe even understand (!) a bit more, as CERN has just been visited by the Blue Peter team, who will be broadcasting about their visit on 22 February. I will definitely be watching!

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Meantime, being in Westminster last week was also very special. I was very moved, and very happy, to meet Bosnian friends, and colleagues from Remembering Srebrenica, at the parliamentary launch of this year’s ‘Acts of Courage’ commemoration. I am extremely proud to work with this amazing peacebuilding charity following my visit to Bosnia in 2016, and I was so glad to welcome them to parliament.  

And that was followed by a wonderful celebration in Westminster Hall to mark the centenary of the first women getting the vote. Not all women, you had to own property and be over 30, but it was a breakthrough that suffragettes and campaigners had long fought for. As a woman MP, representing a seat in Manchester, the home of the Pankhursts, and as a lifelong feminist, I couldn’t help feeling proud and emotional in this landmark week, and privileged to be in parliament to mark it.

But in a distressing and deeply shaming contrast, this was also the week that parliament published the report of our working party on bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment. In recent weeks, politics and public life have been disgraced by the exposure of behaviours that should never be tolerated, excused or brushed over, but for too long have been. Parliament should display the highest standards of probity and respect, something we are only just properly acknowledging. The report is important, and I am glad parliament has taken it so seriously, but there can be no shying away from the work that now needs to be done to change behaviours - the credibility and reputation of political life demand wholesale change in culture and conduct. 

It has been a remarkable few days, and I am powerfully conscious of the huge privilege of being a parliamentarian. 

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It's been a remarkable week in my constituency, in parliament and beyond!

Apologies that my blog has fallen a little off timetable this week. I’ve been having a rather remarkable few days, and I’m only just catching up with myself now parliament...


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