Have your say about improvements to community health and care services

Date: 30 January 2020

Have your say about improvements to community health and care services

On 30 January 2020 the Governing Body of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group gave the go ahead to launch public engagement on early thinking around improvements to community health and care services.

GP and clinical director for the Fit for my Future programme, Dr Alex Murray, said: “We have a real opportunity to design a new way of providing community health and care services that support people to live independent, healthier lives.

“By having the right services in the right place for people’s needs, which are available at the right time and delivered by the right people we can support people to live well. We can also provide a better working environment for our much valued staff and offer them better development opportunities and support.”

“I would like to reassure everyone that no decisions have been taken and there is a genuine opportunity for the public, voluntary and community organisations and our health and care staff to help us shape our community services for the future.”

“We want to hear from as many people as possible about our early thinking and get their feedback on what matters to them. This is vital to helping us develop our thinking further. Using all the feedback we receive, we will develop a number of ways that Somerset could deliver community health and care services in the future. These will be publicly shared and a formal public consultation will take place.”

The engagement programme will launch on the Fit for My Future website (www.fitformyfuture.org.uk) and on social media on the afternoon of 30 January 2020. Over the coming weeks the Fit for My Future team will also be going out to talk to people and actively listen to their views at drop-in events at community hospitals, libraries and other venues across the county.   

James Rimmer, Chief Executive, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group said:  “We know our health and care services in Somerset are not currently organised in the best way to support people to live independent, healthier lives.

“Our population is changing and the support they need from our services is changing too. We know that we haven’t got the balance right between services that support people to stay well and live well in their communities, live well with long term conditions, providing care in people’s own homes or in alternative settings such as a residential or nursing home and care provided in a hospital bed.

“Our services have to adapt to make sure we are meeting the needs not only of people living in Somerset today, but also those of their children and grandchildren in the future.” 

Following approval by the Governing Body, the engagement document, ‘Improving community health and care services for people in Somerset’ and an accompanying survey will be available on the Fit for my Future website, along with a summary and an EasyRead version. Printed copies will be available at GP surgeries, libraries and pharmacies or by calling 01935 384119 or emailing somccg.fitformyfuture@nhs.net