The Portsmouth Carers Voice/PCV (which started late 2011 under the name Carers Council) is made up from Portsmouth people who are all carers, working as the ‘Voice of the Carer’, with an understanding of the real issues because of their experience in a caring role.
There are many issues affecting all types of carers but the PCV responds to trends, not single issues, and feed them into the Carers Executive Board which comprises senior staff who can make a difference, drawn from Portsmouth City Council (PCC), the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Solent NHS Trust, Portsmouth Hospital Trusts/PHT (QA hospital) plus senior staff from the Carers Centre, Adult Mental Health and the Integrated Commissioning Unit as well as PCV members.
The PCV then feeds back the findings to carers as well as monitoring the progress or otherwise of these trends for as long as necessary. There have been some good successes in the past but, to continue the success and make it stronger, the PCV need more carers to participate and inform of any issues that affect them and/or those they care for.
The PCV will be resuming regular forum meetings, the first in May (further details to follow), where carers are invited along to talk openly about issues that concern them, plus invited guests drawn from those that provide the services.