Policy seminar with Joe Dickinson

On 3 March Joe Dickinson, Inventor of Jersey Post’s “Call & Check” service and winner of The Sunday Times The Change Makers competition 2014, will lead a discussion on “A fresh approach to the ageing society: the Jersey Post innovation”.

Meeting the needs of an ageing population is one of the foremost challenges facing future governments. By 2033 more than 3 million people over the age of 85 will be living in the UK, often with one or more chronic illnesses and disability needs. Health and care services have failed to keep up with the pace of this demographic shift. Adequately responding to this changing demand will require more integrated working to ensure the right services are provided at the right place and time. Earlier this year, the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, predicted that the dividing lines between different public services will become more blurred in the future when he outlined his plans for NHS innovation sites to join up services. In order to deliver real change and support the elderly to live well at home, a fresh approach to how patients interact with services is needed. We are delighted that Joe Dickinson, inventor of Jersey Post’s “Call & Check” service, will lead this roundtable seminar to discuss these themes.

Call & Check is the first community service to make use of the infrastructure within a postal operator to support the elderly at home. Postmen and women will check on elderly citizens during their post round and pass on information to others, such as GPs and voluntary organisations, if further support is needed. The pilot finished last year and the service is now being extended across other parts of Jersey. Joe has recently written about Call & Check for The Reformer. View his blog post here.

Reform will bring together a group of 18-20 high-level guests from across the health and post service sectors, including officials, parliamentarians, NHS and social care leaders and key stakeholders, to explore the potential for other sectors to support the elderly, and other vulnerable people, at home. The discussion will be held under The Chatham House Rule.

To register interest please contact Amy Finch. Please be aware that places at this event are limited and attendance will be confirmed by email.


020 7799 6699

3 March 2015
12.30 - 14.00