No Secrets Consultation: Engagement Event to Hear the Views of Older People and Carers Living in Rural Areas
As part of the consultation around the review of the Guidance document ‘No secrets’ in England, a project was commissioned by the DH to listen to the views and experiences of a group of older people living in a rural community.
Michelle Cornes and Jill Manthorpe (SCWRU)
Noreen Haselden (Lancaster Older People’s Forum/Member SCWRU Service User and Carer Advisory Group)
As part of the national consultation in England to inform the review of the multi-agency guidance document No secrets, the Department of Health sought expressions of interest for projects that would facilitate hearing the opinions and experiences of people who might not be able to participate in other public consultation events or who might not be included in other strands of the national consultation processes. The aim of this project was to listen to the views of older people and carers who may face challenges as a result of their rural location in Lancashire and Cumbria and to communicate these to the review team.
This consultation event was held in the lounge of a sheltered housing scheme in February 2009. Fifteen members of a County Forum for the Older Person attended. Older people living in the surrounding villages who had an interest in rural issues through their local networks were invited by the Forum to participate. Case vignettes in focus groups were used to help participants think through various safeguarding issues.
A report was produced for the DH and an article has been produced for a peer reviewed journal.