People living and working across Northumberland are being asked to share their views on future health and care priorities by completing an online survey launched today.
Northumberland County Council and NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working together to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the county’s residents and reduce inequalities over the next 10 years.
Health and care leaders from the Health and Wellbeing Board, working with wider stakeholders, have drafted a new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the county. This explains what health and wellbeing priorities the board has set in order to tackle the county’s health needs. Rather than taking action on everything at once, it sets priorities for joint action with the aim of making a real impact on people’s lives.
The draft document has identified four key themes:
- Giving all children and young people the best start in life
- Empowering people and communities
- Tackling some of the wider contributing factors of health
- Adopting a ‘whole system’ approach to health and care.
The council and the CCG are keen to engage with the people of Northumberland to hear their thoughts and feelings about their ideas.
The online survey is available on the council website here and people have until 30 September to complete it. Members of GP Practice Patient Participation Groups and the community and voluntary sector will also have an opportunity to comment on the draft strategy at a number of engagement events that are being held across the county in August. Full information on the events can be found at the same link.
Northumberland County Councillor, Veronica Jones, Cabinet member for adult wellbeing and health said: “By focusing on these key themes, we hope to see increases in both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. But what we really want to do is close the gap between the experience of people living in our most and least deprived communities.
“We’re keen to hear your views on whether the draft strategy focuses on the right key health, care and wellbeing issues for the people of Northumberland.”
She added: “We’d like you to take the time to answer our short survey to see if you think we have got the strategy’s key themes and priority areas right, and if you feel that anything is missing. Your feedback is really valuable to us and will help shape the final strategy document which is due to be published later this year.”
Dr David Shovlin, Clinical Director at NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Over the next 10 years our aim is to deliver better quality care and improve health outcomes for the people of Northumberland. The draft strategy focuses on the needs of local people who use these services and hopes to tackle the issues that affect everyone’s health.
“All health and care partners in Northumberland recognise the importance of engaging with residents and I would encourage everyone to get involved and tell us their views. This will allow us to make sure our services meet the needs and wishes of local people that are fit for the future.”