Health and social care leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are holding a Healthier Together Conference on Thursday 17 October to gather public views on a long-term plan for the area.
The plan will set out local ambitions for the future of health and care provision, including acute hospital services, mental health, cancer, maternity care and end of life. It will also establish the workforce, financial commitments and partnership working required to deliver on these ambitions for patients and the public. The plan will reflect the national priorities set out in the overall NHS Long Term Plan, which was published in January 2019.
Every area of the country is required to submit their local plan to the national regulator NHS England and Improvement in the autumn.
The conference is a chance for members of the public, people representing patient participation groups, voluntary, community & social enterprise organisations, councillors and anyone else with an interest in local health and care matters to have their say.
Anyone interested in attending the event can book their place by visiting bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/events or by calling 0117 900 2583.
Julia Ross, Joint Healthier Together Lead Executive and Chief Executive of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in shaping our Five Year System Plan so far. Our Healthier Together Conference on 17 October is a further opportunity for a wide variety of people to find out more and share their thoughts on the plan ahead of our submission to NHS England and Improvement at the end of November.
We want to hear from as many people as possible about what matters to them, and what they want to see from future services.”
Martin Wilkes, a public representative working with the Healthier Together Partnership, said:
“It’s really important that we, as local residents and those that are going to be using these services both now and in the future, take the opportunity to engage in this process and share our thoughts and opinions.
“Knowing what local people think about health and care issues is really important and will help influence decisions made by the Healthier Together Partnership.”
The Healthier Together Conference will take place from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday 17 October at the Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol. Places are available by booking only.