NHS South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has unveiled its vision for transforming the future of local healthcare services – and is giving people an opportunity to feedback and help influence decisions.
The CCG – which is responsible for planning, buying and monitoring local NHS services – has just published its draft Five Year Strategy and wants people to know more about its vision, hear views on its approaches to key challenges, and feedback on what they believe should be the priority areas for development.
The Strategy focuses on the big issues: describing priority areas to change and develop local health services, the CCG’s approach, and the benefits to patients.
The proposals – which have been informed by feedback already received about local healthcare – have been developed under the clinical leadership provided by local GPs and using national evidence of best practice.
Dr Jonathan Hayes, Chairman at the CCG, said: “We want to ensure that patients experience safe and high quality care in the most appropriate location, set against rising demand for services and the financial challenges facing health and social care. Despite these challenges, we do not want to reduce core services, so we must transform them.
“We are prioritising some areas of healthcare – such as the urgent care system and supporting the frail elderly – which we know local patients, families, healthcare professionals and clinicians are passionate about.
“We are working towards a future where fewer local people need to travel to be seen in hospital, because they can get the care they need in a local setting, where they have been helped to live a healthier life and are less likely to suffer ill-health.
“Underpinning the delivery of services will be a joined-up approach by health and social care to provide the most effective services.”
The CCG welcomes feedback about its proposals to help shape the final version and will take comments on board.
Dr Hayes added: “We are consulting with our patients, carers, the public and stakeholders and would really like to know what they think.
“Our Five Year Strategy will ensure that our patients get the very best from their NHS – and people’s input is fundamental to its development.”
People can get involved by completing a short survey about the draft Five Year Strategy by clicking here. An easy read version is also available here. Hard copies of the survey can be provided on request.
Alternatively, email general comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Sharon Howard, Suite 11-14, Corum 2, Corum Office Park, Crown Way, Warmley, BS30 8FJ. Sharon can also be contacted by phone on 0117 947 4432. Feedback must be shared with the CCG by Monday, 11 August.
The CCG will share a summary of the responses received on its website and show how these have been considered in the final version of the Five Year Strategy. The CCG will publish the Five Year Strategy on its website once it has been approved by its Governing Body and the Health and Wellbeing Board later this year.