What would you do to improve health and care services in Bradford and District?
Healthwatch Bradford and District (HWBD) are undertaking some consultation work on behalf of Healthwatch England, which has agreed to undertake a public consultation on the NHS Long Term Plan which involves everyone completing a survey, which closes on Friday 3rd May 2019.
The consultation is called ‘What Would You Do?’ and in essence is asking people to imagine they are in charge of health and social care where they live. What would they do? What would they change?.
So what is the NHS Ten Year Plan?
Health and care leaders have come together to develop a Long Term Plan to make the NHS fit for the future, and to get the most value for patients out of every pound of taxpayers’ investment.
The plan has been drawn up by those who know the NHS best, including frontline health and care staff, patient groups and other experts. And they have benefited from hearing a wide range of views, whether through the 200 events that have taken place, and or the 2,500 submissions they received from individuals and groups representing the opinions and interests of 3.5 million people.
This summary sets out the key things citizens can expect to see and hear about over the next few months and years, as local NHS organisations work with their partners to turn the ambitions in the plan into improvements in services in every part of England.
You can find out more about the long term plan by visiting: https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/online-version/
What happens next?
Now the NHS Long Term Plan has been published, local NHS organisations – working together with each other, local councils and other partners – will develop their own strategies for the next five years, which set out how they will make the ambitions of the Long Term Plan a reality for the communities they serve.
Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), which are groups of local NHS organisations working together with each other, local councils and other partners, now need to develop and implement their own strategies for the next five years. These strategies will set out how they intend to take the ambitions that the NHS Long Term Plan details, and work together to turn them into local action to improve services and the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve – building on the work they have already been doing.
The Healthwatch survey will support the development of these plans and ensure that the citizens of Bradford and District have an opportunity to shape future services.
You can complete the online survey here, download a paper copy, Easy Read version or listen to an audio version of the survey. Join the conversation and make sure that you, your friends, and family get the care you need, when you need it.