The BSW Partnership is developing a new plan for how we would like health and care to work for people in the future. We want to make sure we get it right, so we want to know what you think!
The health and care model focuses on five areas – all aiming to make sure our health and care services are fit for the future to meet the needs of local people.
- Personalised care: This part of the model is about making sure everyone can have care and treatment that is right for them. This may mean that, in the future when you see a doctor, you will be more involved in making decisions about any care or treatment you receive because care and treatment that is right for you, might not work for somebody else.
- Healthier Communities: We want everyone to live in communities that help them to lead healthier lives and have better access to things to keep them healthy such as sports clubs, art classes, walking group, parks, sports fields and swimming pools. Better access to these facilities will give everyone a better chance of staying well.
- Joined up local teams: This means that people who work for the health service, councils and charities will all join up and work together in teams. We want to make sure that, in future, we have the right joined up teams for the right local area.
- Local specialised services: When people need to have a test or see a specialist like a doctor, we want people to be able to do that in their local area without having to travel to a place like a hospital. This may mean that, in the future, hospital doctors might visit your local health centre or high street so you can see them there or talk to them online if that option suits you.
- Specialist centres: Specialist centres such as hospitals and hospices look after people with the most serious problems and we want to make sure they have everything they need to provide the best care. At the moment, people go to specialist centres for appointments and tests, which could happen somewhere more local. In the future, we think people should only go to these specialist centres to have an operation or to intensive care if they have a serious illness
What do you think?
So far almost 500 people have already shared their thoughts on the new model, with feedback ranging from praise around how services from different providers will be more joined up to concerns about conflicting priorities between organisations.
Now it’s your turn.
You can tell us what you think about our plans by completing our online survey: Shaping a Healthier Future survey. Shaping a Healthier Future Survey (surveymonkey.co.uk)
You can also come along to one of our virtual public events. These will give you an opportunity to have your say about the health and care model and how it will impact you, your family and your neighbourhood.
All feedback, whether collected through an online survey, for which print copies are also available, or at one of the many in-person and online community events, will be listened to and used to shape the final version of our plans.