‘What matters to you?’ conversation gets underway on the local NHS Long Term Plan

Health and care leaders in the county are urging the public to get involved in the conversation about the future of health and healthcare in Gloucestershire.

The national NHS Long Term (10 year) Plan was published in January with ambitions to make sure everyone gets the best start in life, to deliver world class care for major health problems and support people to age well.

Local leaders now want the views of staff, community partners and the public to help shape the local version of the plan, which will be published later this year.

The conversations will cover everything from helping people and communities to stay healthy and active to developing support and services in people’s homes, local GP surgeries, the community and specialist services in hospital.

*One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) lead, Mary Hutton said:

“We would urge everyone with an interest in health and healthcare to get involved in the conversation, which will help shape the future of our local NHS.

The supporting information has been designed in a way that means people can talk and feedback on the things that matter most to them.

They can share their thoughts on how people get advice, support and services – in their home, neighbourhood, community and county or discuss health priorities at every stage of life – for example if they are pregnant, are living with a long term health condition, have experienced mental health problems or are trying to keep healthy in older age.

They can also share their views on how new technology, medical advances and working better together can transform the NHS for the better in the years to come.”

Interim Chair of the One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS), Nick Relph said:

“Despite the very real challenges that exist, our vision is for a local NHS that helps people to stay healthy and look after themselves when they can and provides as much support as possible in people’s homes and communities to help keep people well and out of hospital.

When specialist hospital care is needed, our ambition is for this to be truly world class and comparable to the best in England.

This also means making the most of the expertise and skills of our fabulous staff, new technology and the money available.

We are excited to hear the views of local people about what matters to them.”

The NHS is working with Healthwatch England, the independent national champion for people who use health and social care services, to make sure people’s views inform development of local plans. Locally, Healthwatch Gloucestershire is getting involved with promoting the conversation across the county.

Julia Butler-Hunt, Manager of Healthwatch Gloucestershire, said: “We know that the NHS only works when people’s voices are heard.

We want to hear from as many people, groups and communities as possible to ensure the local plans reflect the needs of our population. We want to hear about what works, what doesn’t and how people think local health services should be improved. No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it. Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy – and could make a big difference.”

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