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Now that the NHS Long Term Plan has been published, now is the right time for us to talk with our communities about what the areas are that we need to focus on to ensure services remain sustainable and right for patients.
These discussions will build on what we have already heard through our Big Health and Care Conversation across the area, and help us think about how we use the available money for health and care in the best possible way: “We can do anything, but not everything”.
We have been talking to members of the public, patients and colleagues across Sussex and East Surrey about the FUTURE of health and care:
Facing up to our challenges
Unwarranted variation – ensuring this does not happen
Resources and how we use them most effectively
Equality of access and care for our diverse population
We have held a number of events across Sussex and East Surrey, and spoken to hundreds of people in Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Bexhill and further afield. We also attended a number of local events to engage and communicate with the local population on the priorities and ambitions for the years ahead. In addition, an online survey provided opportunities to gather wider views and feedback.
Click here to read a summary report of the priorities you have identified so far. And click here for the full report.
We want to hear the views, experience and ideas of patients, public, staff, volunteers and carers. We want the local plans to be co-produced with as many different people as possible to make sure they truly reflect the needs of our population. That's why we are now entering 'phase two' of our engagement and going out to groups in the local community to find out what matters to them.
Our Population Health Check
To help develop the local plan, doctors, specialists and clinicians have come together across Sussex and East Surrey to develop a 'Population Health Check'. They have looked at clinical evidence, patient experience and local population information to give a diagnosis of what needs to change from their expert point of view.
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The NHS Long Term Plan
The NHS Long Term Plan sets out the priorities and ambitions for the years ahead to make sure the NHS continues to provide high-quality care across the country:
Thank you for taking the time to read more about the Our Health Our Care Our FUTURE programme of work, including the NHS Long Term Plan and the Population Health Check.
We would appreciate it if you could take a moment to complete a feedback form to let us know whether this information has been helpful and where we can work further with you to improve health and care for the future in Sussex and East Surrey. You can access the feedback form here.
Help design our Community Ambassador project
In March 2019, Sussex Health and Care Partnership agreed to fund a project to develop Community Ambassadors across Sussex and East Surrey to perform the following functions:
- Provide advice and support to strategic work from a lay perspective
- Extend capacity for patient and public engagement
- Help Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) hear from some of the groups and communities that do not engage through some of our mainstream methods
- Assist with key projects and programmes
- Undertake research
Our Public Member roles are incredibly important as they champion the voice of our patients and our communities and ensure that the organisation never loses sight of the people it serves.
We are seeking the following individuals to become members of the Community Ambassador Task and Finish Group as we design and develop the role
- Public Member (Volunteer Lead)
- Public Member (Equality and Diversity Lead)
- Public Member (Strategic Lead)
Does this sound like something you'd like to be involved in? Click on the links below to find out more and to apply. Applications close on 13 November 2019.