St Helena : St Helena: Focusing on the future’ – 2 years on
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 12.12.2010 (Article Archived on 26.12.2010)
In 2008, the Public Health and Social Services Department adopted a strategy called ‘Focusing on the Future’, for the development of health and social services in St Helena.
Focusing on the future’ – 2 years on
In 2008, the Public Health and Social Services Department adopted a strategy called ‘Focusing on the Future’, for the development of health and social services in St Helena. The strategy was funded by DfID as part of the overall Health Link III project, the aim of which is to provide essential human resources for health and social care for St Helena. The strategy focuses on the developmental aspect of health and social services.
The six important priorities of the strategy are:
· Helping the population to be and stay healthy
· Delivering high quality primary and community care
· Striving for the best possible clinical services
· Supporting children, older people and others who are vulnerable
· Sustaining a strong and effective infrastructure
· Developing and improving systems and service.
Two years on and Jenny McNeill, who produced the strategy in 2008, is once again on island. She led the 2008 Conference that influenced the strategy and on Thursday 2 December facilitated a follow-on conference at the Jamestown Community Centre.
The idea of this follow-on Conference was initiated by the Health and Social Welfare Committee, Chaired by Councillor Cyril Gunnell as part of an objective appraisal of the progress, opportunities and challenges the Public Health and Social Services face as they prepare for the next two years and beyond; recognising the achievements as well as the challenges now being faced by the Department.
The Conference was attended by Legislative Council members and a number of people and organisations who participated in the 2008 Conference, plus others who joined for the first time. All participants at the event were able to contribute views and suggestions and encouraged to raise questions and challenges that would influence the important next steps in the Public Health and Social Services development.
Throughout the day short presentations were given by Heads of various sections of the Public Health Department highlighting the developments made over the 2 years in their respective areas, and their plans for the future. These presentations focused on changes for, children, older people and health and, developments in, health care and nursing.
The presentations were very positive and all present were able to see the significant developments made within the Public Health and Social Services Department. Participants were also able to take part in group discussions on the community’s role within the Public Health Department and its future. These discussions were tackled with enthusiasm and generated lots of useful ideas that Jenny will now take into consideration.
Jenny said at the Conference on Thursday:
“Each time I have visited the Public Health and Social Services Department I have seen progress and there are definitely some noticeable and positive developments that have taken place during the past two years. We now need to build on this and piece together feedback resulting from the skills and expertise of everyone in this room, and also using the opportunity of the NHS link, to find the right combination to improve services in the future.”
Public Relations/Information Office
Office of the Chief Secretary
7 December 2010