Barbara has congratulated the Salford Malnutrition Task Force for winning national recognition in the 2016 Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing Award.
Barbara had nominated the Salford Malnutrition Task Force for its work to combat malnutrition among older people in Salford.
In Salford, almost 5,000 people over 65 may be at risk of malnutrition and the number of hospital admissions from malnutrition had gone up by more than a third in five years across Greater Manchester. Malnutrition is a major cause and consequence of poor health and older people are particularly vulnerable. The Task Force has by developed tools to aid and assist those older people who might have malnutrition or may be in danger of becoming malnourished. The tools include a “Paperweight Armband” which is a low-cost, non-medical and non-intrusive tool that is revolutionising the way malnutrition is identified and dealt with.
The Task Force is made up of representatives of the Salford Together partnership of NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford City Council, Salford Royal, Greater Manchester West NHS Mental Health and from Age UK Salford, who provide further links to the community and voluntary sector.
Dave Haynes, Chief Executive of Age UK Salford, collected the award from Health Minister Jane Ellison MP at a special event in Parliament.
“I am delighted that the Salford Malnutrition Task Force has been recognised for its innovative work and the significant contribution the team are making to the health of people in our community. I was pleased to join Dave Haynes at the awards ceremony in Westminster and to congratulate him and the other team members on the excellent work they are doing across Salford.
“The work is having a positive impact on local NHS services and has led to a reduction in hospital admissions for malnutrition.
“The commitment and hard work of the Task Force is making a real difference to older people's health in Salford and is also being shared nationally. This award is well-deserved and I look forward to continuing to support the work of the Task Force in Salford in future.”
Photo shows: Jean Rollinson, director of service development, Age UK Salford, Barbara Keeley MP, Dave Haynes, chief executive of Age UK Salford, and Kirstine Farrer, head of innovation and research at Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and consultant dietician at Salford Royal.
Barbara has congratulated the Salford Malnutrition Task Force for winning national recognition in the 2016 Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing Award. Barbara had nominated the Salford Malnutrition Task Force...
Barbara has urged the Conservative Government to do more to ensure that carers get the support they need from public bodies. She was speaking at the launch of a report which found that many local authorities were not complying with the Care Act in the way that they assess and respond to carers’ needs. Many were also found to define their duties in a narrow way, meaning that young carers did not receive the support they needed.
The report entitled “Care Act for Carers: One Year On” shows that, since its introduction in 2014, the Care Act is not working as well as it should be.
Speaking at an event in Parliament, Barbara said that the Care Act was supposed to put carers on an equal footing with those whom they care for. The Act placed a duty on Local Authorities to provide assessments and support for carers. However the report by the Carers Trust shows that many carers are not seeing the benefits of the new law.
The report found that nearly 7 out of 10 of carers who responded to a survey for the report noticed no difference in the support available since the introduction of the Care Act. Some carers were even unaware that new rights were in place for carers.
Barbara told the launch event that unpaid family carers provide the bulk of care and that the Care Act could be making a difference to the quality of their lives. She said that too many carers are left to cope on their own with little or no support.
“In Worsley and Eccles South there are 11,000 unpaid family carers. It is essential that they are recognised as having their own specific needs so that they can receive the help and support they deserve.
“Worryingly, the report by the Carers Trust shows that the Care Act is not working as well as it should. Chronic underfunding of social care and Conservative Government cuts to local authority budgets are the main reasons behind this disappointing result. It is unrealistic to think that local authorities can improve the services offered to carers and invest in innovation when they are struggling to fund services to meet immediate needs for care and support.
“As well as helping local authorities to provide support, it is crucial that the Government ensures that more is done to identify carers. That is why I am calling on Ministers to ensure that their future Carers Strategy includes a duty on GPs and NHS bodies to identify carers.
“The Government must act now to provide the help and support that carers in Salford and across the country need and to make sure they receive the services to which they are entitled.”
Barbara has urged the Conservative Government to do more to ensure that carers get the support they need from public bodies. She was speaking at the launch of a report...
Barbara has addressed thousands of 1950s-born women and supporters gathered at a national lobby of Parliament calling for fair transitional arrangements to help those affected by changes to the State Pension Age.
Barbara, who is the chair of the newly-launched cross-party Parliamentary group for Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), addressed women from the campaign group to show her support for the women and their campaign.
In 2011, the Conservative-led Government accelerated changes to the State Pension Age for women, increasing it for a second time for women who were born after 6th April 1950. Some of the women affected have seen their pension age increase from 60 to 66 years. Many of the women affected received little or no notification from the Department for Work and Pensions leaving little or no time to put alternative plans in place and causing the women uncertainty and worry.
Over the next few years, the Government’s changes will affect 3,700 women in Worsley and Eccles South who were born in the 1950s and will also affect 100,000 women in Greater Manchester and 291,000 women in the North West.
“The Conservative Government’s treatment of the 1950s-born women affected by the changes to the State Pension Age has been shameful. The women have been left without any help or support and despite promises of transitional support nothing has materialised.
“Women born in the 1950s are the generation who did not enjoy equality in pay or pensions. Many worked part-time as they were bringing up children or being carers. The fact that thousands of 1950s-born women and their supporters travelled to the demonstration in Parliament highlights just how much of an impact this issue has had on the lives of women up and down the country. It sends a powerful message to the Conservative Government.
“Many women in Worsley and Eccles South have contacted me to share their own stories. It makes me angry to hear how badly some women have been affected by the failure of the Conservative Government to communicate the changes, provide adequate notice or offer any transitional support. Some of the women affected are now facing real hardship. Women are being put onto the Work Programme aged 62 when they have worked and paid National Insurance contributions all their lives. Many already have 40 or more years National Insurance contributions and are forced to live off their own savings.
“I am proud to stand alongside the WASPI campaign on behalf of all of the 1950s-born women who have been affected and to back their calls for fair transitional arrangements, which they rightly deserve. I hope that the Conservative Government will now finally listen and take action to help the women affected.”
Barbara has addressed thousands of 1950s-born women and supporters gathered at a national lobby of Parliament calling for fair transitional arrangements to help those affected by changes to the State...