Health and care leaders in Gloucestershire have today welcomed publication of the national 10 year plan for the NHS and say it is ‘perfectly in sync’ with the development of support and services locally.
Last year, Gloucestershire was named as one of only 14 integrated care systems in the country.
The county was praised for effective partnership working and ambitious plans to prevent ill-health and join up support and services for the benefit of communities.
Gloucestershire was also recognised for improvements in access to GP services, developments in community and mental health services, A&E performance as well as a reduction in cancelled operations and delays for people ready to leave hospital.
In a joint statement, the Chief Executives and lead elected members of the local NHS and social care organisations said that whilst they acknowledged the improvements, there was more to do:
“Working as ‘One Gloucestershire’ we have made real strides over the last few years, using our collective strength and resources to improve the way we support people through each stage of life.
Gloucestershire has a relatively healthy population, but we know that we also have pockets of deprivation and an ageing and growing population with more complex needs.
This challenge requires a real transformation in the way we approach health improvement and deliver care and support.
Prevention is better than cure and we will continue to place a greater emphasis on reducing the likelihood of ill health – physical and mental – at every stage in life and supporting people and families to look after themselves when they can.
We will continue to see more care and support being provided in people’s own homes, GP surgeries and local neighbourhoods in familiar surroundings – supporting people to retain their independence for as long as possible.
When people are really unwell, we want to make sure specialist hospital and mental health services are truly outstanding and comparable to the best in England.
To secure the future of many existing services within the county, we need to think longer term and look at how best to organise them so we can meet the highest standards of care.
We want to be truly ambitious for Gloucestershire residents in making this county a healthier place to live with the best possible support and services in place.”
As part of the Long Term Plan locally, the NHS in Gloucestershire will be spending the first half of this year listening to the views of healthcare professionals, community partners and the public to support further development of healthcare and support in the county.
Read the Long Term Plan at: www.longtermplan.nhs.uk.
News and video content highlighting progress in Gloucestershire can be found at www.onegloucestershire.net/watch/.
This is a joint statement from:
Mary Hutton, Accountable Officer, NHS Gloucestershire CCG and ICS lead
Dr Andy Seymour, CCG Clinical Chair, on behalf of primary care
Dr Joanna Bayley, on behalf of primary care providers
Deborah Lee, Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Paul Roberts, Joint Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Ken Wenmen, Chief Executive, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Pete Bungard, Chief Executive, Gloucestershire County Council
Cllr Roger Wilson, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning, Gloucestershire County Council
Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care delivery, Gloucestershire County Council
Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities, Gloucestershire County Council.