Our annual general meeting took place in July 2019. Local people were invited to join us to give us their views on the priorities of the NHS Long Term Plan and how we could best implement them in our “place”. Attendees were split into groups to tackle the following topics:
- Joining up the NHS so patients don’t fall through the cracks, such as by breaking down the barriers between GP services and those in the community.
- Helping individuals and families to help themselves, by taking a more active role in preventing ill-health, such as offering dedicated support to people to stop smoking, lose weight and cut down on alcohol.
- Tackling health inequalities by working with specific groups who are vulnerable to poor health, with targeted support to help homeless people, black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups, and those with mental illnesses or learning disabilities.
- Backing our workforce by increasing the number of people working in the NHS, particularly in mental health, primary care and community services. We will also create a better working environment by offering better training, support and career progression and we’ll crack down on bullying and violence at all levels.
- Bringing the NHS into the digital age, rolling out technology such as new digital GP services that will improve access and help patients make appointments, manage prescriptions and view health records on-line.
- Spending this extra investment wisely, making sure money goes where it matters most. The NHS will continue to reduce waste, tackle variations and improve the effectiveness of treatments.
The feedback from these sessions is being used to help the system prepare its response to the Long Term Plan, which will be published during 2020, as well as inform our local plans and priorities.