Who are the members of the Older People’s Partnership Board (OPPB)?
The Board is made up of:
Independent Members – people aged 65 years and over. These members attend as individuals but many are linked very closely with other older people through their volunteering and networks e.g. Cambridge Older People’s Enterprise (COPE).
Service provider organisations – the charities that support older people, such as: Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough; Camsight; Cambridgeshire Hearing Help and the Alzheimer’s Society as well as the local health and social care champion Healthwatch Cambridgeshire.
Statutory Services – Cambridgeshire County Council’s Service Development Managers for Older People, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.
What has the Board worked on recently?
The Board has started to run themed meetings to help focus conversations around specific issues that are affecting older people living in Cambridgeshire.
The Board has recently been talking about what might help to stop older people from being taken into hospital when they don’t always need to go and how to get them back home if they become stuck in hospital. These discussions are helping to inform a ‘Hospital Discharge Charter’ being written by Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and are helping Cambridgeshire County Council review Home Care Services for older people.
Why should I become involved in this Board?
Read what one of the Independent Board members has to say;
“In 2014, as a retired NHS community physiotherapist, I was invited to attend meetings of the Older People’s Participation Board as an independent member.”
“I have found it well worth the time and effort. My perspective covers both that of a user and provider of services as I still work on a voluntary basis as a therapist aiming to keep older people mobile and independent. I am able to highlight this service to many voluntary sector representatives as well as the statutory providers of health and social care. I take a great interest in keeping older people out of hospital.”
“It has proved satisfying as I have contributed towards the development of the Cambridgeshire Alliance to its present format and function, incorporating a far more extensive independent membership and giving us a voice as well as making it possible to influence the provision of health and social care.”
CAIL believes that our Independent Members should not be out of pocket for volunteering and as such reimburse travel expenses and reasonable expenses agreed with the Development Officer.
When are the meetings?
The Board meets every 3 months and meetings last around 2 hours.
There is a short pre-meeting for Independent Members where they can talk about issues that they have been made aware of and would like to raise in the main Board meeting. Independent Members may also have their own separate meetings in between Board meetings.
Meetings are held in the mornings in the darker months and in the afternoons during lighter months.
Where does the Board meet?
The Board normally meets in two locations in the county. Currently these are:
- Ely Cathedral Conference Centre.
- Orchard Park Community Centre.
All of the venues that we use have kitchen facilities and modern toilet facilities including accessible toilets. We also ensure there is street level access and adequate parking and a hearing loop available.
How do I find out more information?
Leisha O’Brien, Development Officer
Phone: 0300 111 2301
To read previous minutes and the Terms of Reference for this Board click here