Hundreds of members of the public, stakeholders and representatives from across health and social care came together in Bristol yesterday (17 October) to share ideas and views for the future of healthcare in the region.
The ‘Healthier Together’ Conference took place yesterday at Ashton Gate Stadium and provided attendees with an opportunity to hear about the vision for healthcare in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and to feed back their ideas on plans as they are drawn up.
The day featured a number of talks and presentations including an overview of some of the health and care issues we’re tackling, our developing five year system plan and an inspirational talk from Happy City, Chief Executive, Liz Zeidler, on the importance of well-being in everyone’s lives.
There was also a number of interactive workshops, with delegates able to join in lively discussions and share their views on mental health and well-being; personalisation and shared decision-making, prevention and self-care; digital transformation, primary care; and urgent care.
Joint Executive Lead for the Healthier Together Partnership and Chief Executive of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Julia Ross, said:
It has been fantastic to get so many people in the room talking about what matters most to them. More than 200 people, including members of the public, elected members, representatives of third sector organisations and partner organisations, attended the event and there was such a fantastic energy in the room.
Everyone has been really focused on how we can make health and social care fit for the 21st Century and of course for the future. The workshops were focused on just some of our current programmes of work; we’ve presented what we have done to date and asked people what they think; getting their feedback and input so, as we go through to write the plans, it can properly reflect the range of views of our population.
Of course, this is just part of the conversation, and we will continue to talk to people and gather views from as many people as possible as our plans develop.
Healthier Together is our Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). It comprises 11 local health and care organisations, working together to develop long term plans for healthcare in the region. The views of the public, patients and staff form a significant role in shaping our Healthier Together plans. If you are interested in hearing more about our long term system plan or giving your views as it develops, visit our Get Involved page.