The way health and social care services are organised is changing. The NHS Long-term Plan presents a strategy for ‘integrated health and care’ in which decisions are made, and services are delivered, at three levels: System, Place and Neighbourhood. At Place, the Rutland County Council, Public Health, voluntary sector and the Primary Care Network will come together with NHS providers to deliver our health and care services. How this is done will be influenced by the needs of the local community. “Locally” and “at Place” are thus interchangeable terms.
Healthwatch Rutland will be engaging with people to understand what people want from local or ‘Place-based’ care in Rutland. We know that accessing distant services out-of-county is a big issue for people in Rutland and that people want excellent ‘care closer to home’. Now is the time to drill down behind the headlines to understand what an excellent local health and care system will look and feel like to Rutland people.
What will be different? What would be available locally in the future that is not available now? Do you have a story to tell us about how health and care services have worked well together to deliver care to your family? Or about what could be done better?
Throughout April and May we will be approaching voluntary and community groups, clubs, support and patient groups, and parish councils, to run chat group sessions and meetings to discuss your ideas of what you want from local health and care services. We will also be conducting confidential interviews, by phone, Zoom (and face-to-face if Covid-19 restrictions allow) and asking people to send us their stories about their experiences. The information gathered will be shared with local commissioners and providers of healthcare services to inform the creation of a Rutland place-based health and care plan. All feedback from interviews, stories and focus groups will be anonymous.
This is your opportunity to have your say in shaping our local health and care services. Please get involved!