Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Partnership Board

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Who are the members of the Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment (PDSI) Partnership Board?

The members of the Board include: 

Independent Members – People with Lived Experience of disabilities and sensory impairments – currently this includes members with a range of disabilities such as Acquired Brain Injury, Sight Loss and Hearing Loss.

Service Provider organisations – the charities that support people with disabilities and sensory impairments: such as Camsight, Cambridgeshire Hearing Help, Cambridgeshire Deaf Association and Headway Cambridgeshire; as well as the local health and social care champion Healthwatch Cambridgeshire .

Statutory Services – Cambridgeshire County Council’s Service Development Managers for Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment attend this meeting. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group also attend on a regular basis.

What has the Board worked on recently?

Over the last year the PDSI Partnership Board has raised concerns about Home Care with the County Council which has led to the Council bringing together their Commissioners, Contract Management and organisations such as Heathwatch, CAIL and Age UK to explore the issues and how they can be addressed.

Why should I become involved in this Board?

“Firstly, I joined the board because I wanted to have a say for visually impaired people. Secondly, I wanted to try and make a difference, putting views across for people with sight impairment. Thirdly, I like to volunteer and help the community if I can.”

Mick Scadden – Independent Member

Expenses

CAIL believe that our Independent Members should not be out of pocket for volunteering and as such pay travel expenses and reasonable expenses agreed with the Development Officer.

When are the meetings?

The Board meets every 3 months and meetings last approximately 2 hours. Before each meeting there is a half hour Independent members Pre meeting where Independent Members can talk about issues that they have been made aware of and would like to raise in the meeting.

Meetings are always held on an afternoon. Meetings in March are on a Tuesday afternoon, whilst Cambridge meetings are on a Thursday afternoon.   

Where does the Board meet?

The Board normally meets in two locations in the county. Currently these are:

  • March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, March, PE15 8LE.
  • Orchard Park Community Centre, Central Avenue, Orchard Park, Cambridge, CB4 2EZ

March Community Centre is an old school and has ramped access.  Orchard Park Community Centre is a modern building with street level access and parking. Both venues have kitchen facilities and accessible toilets.

At PDSI Partnership Board meetings we aim to have hearing loops and Speech To Text Reporting.  British Sign Language interpretation can also be arranged.

How do I find out more information?

Contact:

Graham Lewis, Development Officer

graham@cambridgeshirealliance.org.uk

Phone: 0300 111 2301

To read previous minutes and the Terms of Reference for this Board click here