The GM Pathways to talking Locality Stocktake visits have started!

We are now in Quarter 2 of the EOF programme in GM and the stocktake visits have started. Its been a big commitment from locality teams to complete the self evaluation and collate the information and a huge thanks from the GM Pathways to Talking (GMPTT) Project team to all the colleagues involved.

Thanks to Margaret Gun or the blog post below:

On Friday 12th July, Michelle Morris and I undertook the first GM Pathways to Talking Stock take in Bolton.

Prior to the meeting, the team in Bolton had held workshops with a range of professionals to complete the stocktake documentation very thoroughly and said that they had found these workshops very useful and informative. The list of people who had contributed to the document was quite extensive and included representatives from schools, settings, Library Service, Health Visiting, LA, SLT and the CCG.

At the actual meeting the representation was from Bolton Start Well, SLT, Public Health and Royal Bolton Hospital Foundation Trust’s 0-19 service.

Michelle led the meeting, going through each section of the stocktake and discussing it in detail. We soon realised that the narrative in the completed document was the tip of the iceberg with lots of impressive work happening behind the headlines. We were blown away by initiatives such as the dedicated ‘Start Well Communication and Language team’  the ‘5 golden rules’ and the job descriptions for Communication champions in settings. These are just 3 of a long list of successes.

For further information, please follow this link to Bolton’s Start Well website: https://www.boltonstartwell.org.uk/resources/learning-and-development/communication-and-language/

We also agreed on 3 key challenges for Bolton for their pathway implementation but I won’t discuss those here as Kathryn, the project lead for Bolton is now working on how she prioritises and plans for these using the project funding and will share these plans at the next wider GMPTT Project Team meeting.

One thing we did decide though at this very first stocktake visit is that we need a forum to showcase all the good things that are happening in each locality and are looking at dates in October to hold such an event. Watch this space….

Margaret Gun 

GMPTT project team

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