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Listening Launch Week

11 June 2014

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Health leaders want more than 100,000 residents of North-East Derbyshire to get involved in helping to shape the future of local NHS services.

One of the Community Trust's partners, NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and buys the area's healthcare, needs to submit a detailed plan to NHS England to spell out its priorities for the next five years.

And it has designated this week as a Listening Launch Week in a bid to encourage as many people as possible to make themselves heard over the summer.

The CCG has already offered to visit lots of local groups and is planning further events across the patch.

You can find out more about how to have your say at www.hardwickccg.nhs.uk or send your comments to enquiries@hardwickccg.nhs.uk or Five Year Plan, NHS Hardwick CCG, Scarsdale, Nightingale Close, Chesterfield, S41 7PF.

A key aim of the CCG's draft five-year plan is to prevent illness through activities including promoting healthy lifestyles for young children and young people and increasing take up of the NHS Health Check for people aged 40 to 74.

The CCG has plans for its 16 GP practices to work together more closely to improve patient access. It also intends to get hospitals and community health teams collaborating seven days a week to ensure effective ongoing care for discharged patients.

Dr Steve Lloyd, chair of NHS Hardwick CCG, said: "We want to get the best possible outcome for patients with our limited resources. That's why our draft five-year plan focuses on preventing illness, reducing health inequalities and providing high-quality integrated care that enables people to live independently at home - where they want to be - for as long as possible.

"We want our services to be responsive and safe, providing a good experience of care. And we want patients to be able to access urgent and emergency services easily when they need them.

"The five-year plan will influence everything we do so please take a few minutes to visit www.hardwickccg.nhs.uk to have your say on what matters most to you."

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