North Derbyshire residents will be able to have their say on the shaping of future health services at a public meeting at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday, June 17.
The NHS has difficult choices to make if it is to carry on providing first-class care to an ageing population with complex needs at a time when funding has never been tighter.
One of the major changes being considered by NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the partial transfer of funding and health workers from the area’s hospitals to multi-skilled teams working in the community.
The aim of the potential shakeup would be to ensure that joined-up health and social care services are in place in the community for all patients before they are discharged from hospital. It would then be possible to significantly reduce the number and length of hospital admissions.
Now, the CCG, which plans and buys healthcare for more than 288,000 people, wants the public to have its say at the Proact from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday. It is the latest in a series of meetings organised by the CCG to help finalise its priorities for the next five years.
Attendees will hear about the CCG’s progress in getting health professionals from different organisations working more closely to care for patients in the community – keeping them out of hospital, maintaining their independence and saving money by reducing pressure on A & E.
The CCG will also describe opportunities being taken to improve the health of the wider population by making best use of available resources including wards at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and in community hospitals.
Dr Ben Milton, Chair of NHS North Derbyshire CCG, said:
“We need your views to help us turn our ideas into firm proposals that we’ll consult on later in the year. It’s important we all share responsibility for making decisions about how to respond to the challenges the NHS faces.
“The pressures on local health services mean we have to work more smartly and more closely with partner organisations to deliver improved outcomes for patients while managing increased demand. The public’s views will help us design health and social care services that are truly patient focused.”
To book a place at the event, call 01332 868732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Soft drinks will be served from 5.30pm before the meeting.