Chloe Reeves: advocating for people with long-term health conditions in social care reform
The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on health and social care with many services being paused or reconfigured. People living with long-term conditions or disability, and their unpaid carers, have been significantly impacted by these changes, yet their voices often go unheard. The current government has begun work on adult social care reform – the Department of Health and Social Care has recruited people to lead this agenda – and it is important that the people who depend upon adult social care are included in this work.
Chloe Reeves, from St Leonards-on-Sea, is Director of London Road Policy and Projects, a health and social care consultancy, and an associate of National Voices, the coalition of charities that advocates for people having more control of their health and care. During the pandemic, she worked with National Voices to launch Our Covid Voices, an online platform inviting members of the public to share their stories and experiences of health and social care, which are brought together in the report What We Need Now.
She will use her grant to support National Voices to develop and implement an influencing plan, sharing these stories, requests and recurring themes with policymakers and healthcare providers so that the people most affected by health and care reform are at the heart of it. Chloe's Churchill Fellowship to Sweden and the Netherlands in 2018 explored third sector contribution to the Buurtzorg model of care.