Creating local health and care services that are Fit for the Future

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A new consultation has been launched in Basildon and Brentwood, giving local people the opportunity to have a say on health and social services. 

Basildon and Brentwood CCG and Essex County Council are urging people in Basildon and Brentwood to get involved and share their views in the face of increasing demands on services. You can read more on the announcement below, or you can click on the link to download their consultation document:

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Local people are being urged to get involved and help in the development of future NHS and social care services in Basildon and Brentwood with the launch of Basildon and Brentwood CCG and Essex County Council’s community engagement programme, “Fit for the Future.” Feedback collected from local people will be used to help develop plans for health and care services in Basildon and Brentwood from 2017.

Tom Abell, Chief Officer, NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG said, “There is a lot to be proud of in our local NHS. Local health services are seeing more patients than ever before, and since the CCG formed in 2013 we’ve worked closely together with other NHS organisations to make major improvements in the quality of services for local people.

“However, health and social care services haven’t kept up with changes in society over the years and we know that, without change, services will struggle to meet the ever-increasing demands of a growing population.

“We want to have an honest conversation with local people about what health and care services should look like in the future, about what their needs and priorities are and how we can change the way we deliver services to meet those needs.”

Some of the key challenges facing NHS and social care services are linked to rapid population growth and demographic change, particularly the rise in the number of older people and those living with long-term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Between 2002 and 2012 the number of over 65s in Basildon and Brentwood grew by 17% - an increase of 6,400 people - and more than 50% of our local population is living with a long-term condition. These rises are predicted to continue.

The way we deliver health and care services has not changed significantly for decades and is now showing the strain of these additional pressures, with urgent care services struggling to cope with record numbers of patients and people finding it harder to get an appointment with their GP. Local people report that they find the health and care system overwhelmingly complex and disjointed. Too many vulnerable people end up falling through gaps and not getting the care and support that they need.

While pressures on the system grow, the amount of money we are given to run services is not keeping pace – leaving the CCG with a funding gap of £20 million in this financial year alone.

Tom Abell said, “We know that the way we deliver services has to change. We want to tackle the complexity of the current system, and reduce duplication and waste to create more efficient, modern services that are simpler for people to use and more sustainable for the future. We want to create services that meet the needs of local people so it is crucial that they are involved in helping us develop those services.

“It’s easy for people to tell us what they think about local NHS and social care services by completing our online survey. We are also hoping as many people as possible will come along to one of our discussion events which are open to all – just let us know if you’d like to attend. If you are a member of a group, we’d love to come along and talk to you. You can visit the CCG’s website for further information, “