Burnham praises volunteers
Caring Times, January 2014
Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham MP joined Labour party candidate for Finchley and Golders Green, Sarah Sackman on a visit to Jewish Care’s Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus.
Opened in 2010 the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl care campus provides integrated care and support in the heart of the Jewish Community. Services on the campus include 45 one and two bed independent living apartments for older people, a nursing and dementia care home and a community centre providing a varied programme of activities for those of all ages.
The visitors were taken on a tour of the site by Jewish Care’s chief executive, Simon Morris and Neil Taylor, director of care and community services. During the tour there was lively discussion about the importance of putting the personal needs of individuals at the heart of decision making and how the current divide between health and social care does make this difficult at times.
Andy Burnham outlined his plans for a more integrated approach to wellbeing, health, social care and housing based on a person centred model. He commented; “Jewish Care’s person centred approach to delivering high quality care and outstanding, well designed facilities is an aspiration for the future of health and social care across the country.”
“This is a clear demonstration of how the voluntary sector and local community organisations can deliver services that both meet the needs of an individual and the wider community.” “The involvement of over 3,600 volunteers in a Jewish Care year is truly remarkable. There is much we can learn from this alone.
“I would like to thank Sarah Sackman the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley and Golders Green, for arranging the visit to this ‘beacon of good practice’ in her constituency.”
Sarah Sackman, the Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley and Golders Green commented; ”I’m proud that my first visit as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate with a member of Labour’s front bench is to Jewish Care. Last time the former Chief Rabbi was here he said that Anglo-Jewry could be extremely proud of Jewish Care and he is right. Jewish Care demonstrates on a daily basis how a community can be built around social care. I am delighted that Andy is here to see it.”
Following the visit Simon Morris, chief executive, Jewish Care said; “We were delighted to be able to welcome Andy and Sarah to our campus. This has been a fantastic opportunity to both showcase and discuss our approach to delivering person centred services.
“We work tirelessly to build effective relationships with health providers. We believe that our clients would benefit greatly for a more joined up approach to health and social care on a local and national level and welcome any initiatives that support this.
“We are all living longer, our care needs are often greater and these are often intertwined with our health needs. Long gone are the days when you can conveniently fit people’s needs into a box and deliver a one sized fits all approach to health or social care. The two go hand in hand and sit closely alongside the need for adequate housing.”