Last week, Dan visited Paddy Geere House in Ipswich to meet with manager Clare Whight, along with her dedicated staff and residents. Paddy Geere House is a very sheltered housing facility which provides an alternative to residential care homes, allowing residents to live safely within a small community whilst having care and support close by, if needed. Guests at Paddy Geere House are able to retain their independence with their own private flat, whilst also having the option of socialising with other residents during meal times or at the regular communal bingo and quiz nights.
The single biggest challenge facing our health service is how to meet both the human and financial cost of better looking after our vulnerable older people and putting their needs first. It is for this reason that we need to see a more integrated health and social care service that is grounded in local communities within Suffolk, to provide high quality elderly and end of life care, and local facilities such as Paddy Geere House will have a vital role to play in delivering this locally focused, integrated care.
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Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...
Children and Mental Health Services — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate; he is making some very good points. As he recognises, CAMHS are the Cinderella services of the Cinderella service—mental health is still woefully underfunded in comparison with many other parts of the NHS. Does he also recognise that CAMHS recruitment is a real challenge? The August 2019 fill rates for higher trainees in the UK stand at...