Five Year Plan (Long Term Plan) Update

Over the next five years, health and care services will develop to offer you even more exceptional care. We want people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to have happy childhoods and productive lives and to stay healthy and independent for longer.

Healthier Together is a group of health organisations and local authorities working in partnership to improve wellbeing and join up care. While we remain separate organisations we want to combine resources to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Local people have been telling us what is most important; including a Citizens' Panel of 1,000 people who contribute regularly, a ‘call for evidence’ last Autumn which yielded dozens of local contributions, and a conference in October attended by 300 people.

Building on this feedback our focus is on prevention, being proactive and tailoring support to your needs.  By 2024 our ambition is to have a thriving, integrated health and care system that helps you actively support your own wellbeing. Services will work together, with you at the centre. The community will be the favoured place for care and hospital services will be available when needed.

These are transformational changes to the way we think about health, the services we offer and how we train and support staff. How we intend to meet this challenge will be set out in our local Five Year Plan, which we intend to publish in March this year.

We will share the Five Year Plan at a series of face-to-face public and staff engagement events using printed, video, and online materials to help bring our ambitious local plan to life. This will follow the release of the national NHS Long Term Plan Implementation Plan, which is due for publication in March.

To find out more about the NHS Long Term Plan click here, or to find out how you can get involved locally click here.

 

 


Festive advice from health and care Christmas video stars

Twelve health and care ‘Christmas stars’ from Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have taken to the web to send season’s greetings in the countdown to the big day.

The 12 – who include local GPs, nurses, a midwife and a paramedic – share their thoughts on working on Christmas Day and urge residents to help them by staying well over the winter months and using the right services if they do become unwell.

Pharmacies, minor injuries units, GPs and more are available throughout the festive period and, while nobody wants to be unwell at Christmas, the message from the 12 health and care Christmas stars is: We’re here if you need us!

Tom, a paramedic and Winter Manager at South Western Ambulance Service, said:

“Myself and my colleagues will be here on Christmas Day trying to make the most of it with Christmas jumper competitions… But the serious message please is to only call us with urgent emergencies and to keep safe. Merry Christmas!”

Chris, a GP working at the NHS 111 contact centre in Bradley Stoke, said:

“I feel very lucky to be working on Christmas Day. I’ll be able to spend some time with my family in the morning and have lunch, and then I’ll be coming into work to address people’s medical needs… It’s never nice to be poorly at Christmas but we will be here to provide the care that you need on Christmas Day”.

Andrew, a nurse practitioner at Clevedon Minor Injuries Unit, said:

“I’ve worked previous Christmases before and it can be a busy time of the year. I’ve already seen my first Christmas injury, with a shop worker being hit by a Santa’s sleigh … I’ll be here missing my family and my daughters, but we are open 10am – 6pm on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day”.

As well as paying tribute to the staff giving up their Christmas Day to care for patients and service users, the ’12 Days of Christmas’ promotion aims to remind local people of the range of health and care services available to them on the festive bank holidays and encourage them to use the right service for their needs.

Dr Martin Jones, Medical Director at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“These videos are a lovely tribute to the thousands of health and care heroes who will be working on our behalf this festive season. Nobody wants to be unwell over Christmas but it’s reassuring to know that Tom, Chris, Andrew and their colleagues will be there if they’re needed.

"And it’s important to remember that we can all do our bit to help them out over this busy period by taking simple steps to stay well and making sure we use the right services for our needs.

“In particular, please take up the flu jab if you’re eligible and get help at the first sign of a winter illness to prevent it from getting worse.

“And remember if you think you need urgent medical attention over Christmas but it’s not a serious or life-threatening emergency, please go straight to 111 online or by phone for immediate medical help.”

Local health and care staff will also be promoting the ‘Help Us Help You’ message at Bristol’s Broadmead Christmas Market between 16-22 December. A team of volunteers from different NHS organisations will be encouraging shoppers to take a ‘Help Us Help You’ pledge to show their support for local health and care staff at their Christmas chalet near Cabot Circus.

The 12 health and care Christmas stars can be seen online here.