1st December 2015

The Neurological Alliance 2015 members' meeting and AGM

The Neurological Alliance held its members’ meeting and Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

The event saw a great turn out with over 50 delegates. The meeting brought together chief executives, regional representatives, service users, policy and communication leads and corporate representatives from across our membership to hear the latest news on the current work of NHS England, the Neurological Alliance, strategic clinical networks (SCNs) and others.

Here is our summary of the day.

Annual General Meeting

The following matters were approved:

  • Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Wednesday 25 November 2015
  • The Annual Report and Accounts 2014-15
  • The appointment of H.W. Fisher and Company as the Alliance’s Independent Examiners for the forthcoming year and the 2015-16 accounts

Please see here for the Annual Report and Accounts.

Trustee elections

We are very pleased that all other trustees agreed to continue on in their roles for the forthcoming year and we welcome four new trustees to the Alliance:

  • Lindsay Easton, Chief Executive, Brain Research Trust
  • Ruth Ingledew, Chief Executive, Myaware
  • Sue Millman, Chief Executive, Ataxia UK
  • Guy Parckar, Chief Executive, Dystonia Society

Please see here for more information on our trustees.

Members’ meeting

Our members’ meeting brought together chief executives, regional representatives, service users, policy and communication leads and corporate representatives from across our membership to hear the latest news on the current work of NHS England, the Neurological Alliance, SCNs and others.

Speakers included the National Clinical Director for neurological conditions, Dr David Bateman, who looked key NHS initiatives for neurology, with a particular focus on the data outputs of the Neurology Intelligence Network. Sarah Marsh of NHS England gave a presentation on NHS England’s project scoping models of community care for long-term neurological conditions. Sunita Berry, associate director of the South West SCN, then discussed the national SCN-led project to develop measurable benchmark standards for acute trusts, based on the Association of British Neurologist’s guidance for acute neurology. Finally, Dr Bateman returned to discuss the Walton Centre’s project to develop a local network of neurology care through a ‘hub and spoke model’, providing satellite services in hospitals in the Cheshire and Merseyside area. This is one of the NHS ‘vanguard sites’ exploring new models of care, as proposed in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View.

In the afternoon session the attendees split into four facilitated groups to discuss the four key outcomes of the Alliance’s Five Year Ambition for neurology. The focus of the discussions was to consider what role the voluntary sector could play in achieving these aims. We hope to collate these suggestions and publish our Ambition document early in 2016.

Please see here for a full roundup of the event.

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