To ensure that a broad range of perspectives feed into the way we deliver adult social care services, there are a range of partnership boards where Council service commissioners meet with external organisations and representatives of service users, to review issues affecting specific areas of work.
The Assistive Technology Partnership Board brings together professionals and representatives of service users with an interest or involvement in the deployment of technology to improve and assist care services.
The Autism Partnership Board brings together health professionals, the County Council, the voluntary sector and members of the public with personal experience of autism. It seeks to promote and develop best practice in ensuring that services are inclusive of those with autism and responsive to their needs.
The Carers' Partnership Board looks at policy and issues affecting people who have a significant role in caring for an adult. It includes commissioned service providers together with carers themselves and their representatives.
The Dementia Partnership Board is made up of representatives of the NHS, the County Council, and voluntary sector organisations that provide services and support to people with dementia. Its intention is to provide a strategic overview of dementia services, and ensure that everyone involved works together to provide the best possible outcome for people with dementia in the most cost-effective way.
The Executive Partnership Board takes a strategic overview of the work of the other partnership boards. It considers their views and recommendations, and brings together important issues for the attention and consideration of the Adults Commissioners' Board and Local Strategic Partnership Board. It helps to ensure that best use is made of available resources and that commissioning arrangements meet needs, provide value for money and fit within the broader statutory and policy framework.
The Mental Health Partnership Board is made up of representatives of the providers and commissioners of mental health services in Buckinghamshire, together with representatives from the housing sector and voluntary organisations working in mental health. The board looks at all aspects of mental health service provision in the county, and seeks to ensure the best outcomes for the people who use the services.
The Older People's Partnership Board brings together local service users, local carers of service users, local providers and local commissioners to advise and make recommendations on the joint development of health, social care and related services for older people. It champions the needs of service users and carers and represents their views to ensure services are accessible and responsive to their needs.
The Physical and Sensory Disability Partnership Board meets to review services for people with physical and sensory disabilities and lets practitioners and service users share information on policy and practice.
The Prevention Partnership Board brings together representatives from a wide range of agencies and organisations that have an interest and involvement in maintaining the wellbeing of people who may be becoming vulnerable. It helps to ensure that services work together to help people avoid the need for health service or social care intervention where possible.