Health and social care matters to be discussed in town

The Beckside Centre
The Beckside Centre

Pocklington is the next destination for the East Riding Health and Wellbeing Board as it continues its tour of the region, bringing health and social care matters to the heart of the communities affected.

The health and wellbeing board brings together leading health and social care professionals, councillors and GPs, acting as an essential platform for discussion for driving forward change.

The next meeting will take place at 2pm on Thursday (10 December) at The Beckside Centre, Amos Drive, in Pocklington. One of the topics up for discussion will be GP appointment systems, with the board due to receive an update from Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire.

This follows an earlier report, presented in March this year, looking into GP appointment systems which made nine recommendations including ensuring sufficiency of GP appointments, exploring the increasing use of telephone appointments, and to end the use of premium rate telephone numbers by GP surgeries.

Next Thursday the health and wellbeing board will receive an update on what progress has been made with these recommendations and the latest report will also briefly look into the services being provided by GPs generally. The challenges faced by the NHS and social care sector in delivering a workforce that meets national and local needs will also be addressed in a report that will be presented to the board by the director of commissioning and transformation of NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group.