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.

 


Future of healthcare in the region under the spotlight at Bristol conference

The ‘Healthier Together’ Conference took place on Thursday 17 October 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.


Have your say on future care provision at Healthier Together Conference

Health and social care leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are holding a Healthier Together Conference on Thursday 17 October to gather public views on a long-term plan for the area.

The plan will set out local ambitions for the future of health and care provision, including acute hospital services, mental health, cancer, maternity care and end of life. It will also establish the workforce, financial commitments and partnership working required to deliver on these ambitions for patients and the public. The plan will reflect the national priorities set out in the overall NHS Long Term Plan, which was published in January 2019.

Every area of the country is required to submit their local plan to the national regulator NHS England and Improvement in the autumn.

The conference is a chance for members of the public, people representing patient participation groups, voluntary, community & social enterprise organisations, councillors and anyone else with an interest in local health and care matters to have their say.

Anyone interested in attending the event can book their place by visiting the events page or by calling 0117 900 2583.

Julia Ross, Joint Healthier Together Lead Executive and Chief Executive of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in shaping our Five Year System Plan so far. Our Healthier Together Conference on 17 October is a further opportunity for a wide variety of people to find out more and share their thoughts on the plan ahead of our  submission to NHS England and Improvement at the end of November.

We want to hear from as many people as possible about what matters to them, and what they want to see from future services.”

Martin Wilkes, a public representative working with the Healthier Together Partnership, said: “It’s really important that we, as local residents and those that are going to be using these services both now and in the future, take the opportunity to engage in this process and share our thoughts and opinions.

“Knowing what local people think about health and care issues is really important and will help influence decisions made by the Healthier Together Partnership.”

The Healthier Together Conference will take place from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday 17 October at the Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol. Places are available by booking only.


Our Healthier Together team is growing - latest job vacancies

Over the coming months our Healthier Together team will be expanding slightly and we are currently recruiting to a number of positions. Full job descriptions and details of how to apply are available on the NHS Jobs website or via the direct links below:

Healthier Together Academy Project Manager (full time, permanent position) – closing date 19 September, interview date 8 October

Healthier Together Programme Manager (full time, permanent position) – closing date 19 September, interview date 9 October

Healthier Together Project Officer (full time, permanent position) – closing date 19 September, interview date 7 October


Your invitation to the Healthier Together Conference 2019

Do you live in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire? Do you have an interest in health and care matters? If so, then please join us as we plan our health and care priorities for the next five years!

On Thursday 17 October the Healthier Together Partnership will be hosting an action-packed conference focused on the development of our Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Five Year System Plan.

This conference is a chance for members of the public, people representing PPGs, VCSE organisations, councillors or anyone with an interest in local health and care matters to join us in developing our health and care plans for the future.

Come along to:

  • Meet those involved in drafting the plan
  • Find out what this work means for you
  • Have your say in our area’s future health and care plans

When: Thursday 17 October, 10.30-3.30

Where: Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2 EJ

Free refreshments and lunch will be provided. To help us manage numbers for this event, please let us know if you’d like to attend by reserving your place on Eventbrite. Alternatively, you can call the Healthier Together Office: 0117 900 2583.

A full agenda and speaker details will be published in the coming weeks.


We are recruiting!

We are currently recruiting to a number of positions within the Healthier Together team. Full job descriptions and details of how to apply are available on the NHS Jobs website or via the direct links below:

Healthier Together System Transformation Lead (full time, permanent position) – closing date 8 September, interview date 19 September

Healthier Together Communications & Engagement Lead (full time, 12 months maternity cover) – closing date 3 September, interview date 12 September

Healthier Together Programme Administrator (full time, permanent position) – closing date 2 September, interview date 12 September

Over the coming months our Healthier Together team will be expanding slightly. Links to the job adverts will be posted on our website as and when they go live.


Call for evidence - magnifying glass

Health and care leaders launch call for evidence

Health and social care leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are calling on local people to share their views, insights and ambitions for the future of local NHS and social care services.

Healthier Together is particularly interested to hear from community groups, charities and academics that may be able to provide insights into topics including:

  • The use of digital technology to enhance health and care services
  • Respiratory, including smoking and air quality
  • Frailty
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Diabetes
  • Maternity and early years
  • Children and young people’s health
  • People living with a serious mental illness
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) and physical health
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Liver disease and alcohol use
  • Autism and learning difficulties
  • End of life care.

Julia Ross, Joint Healthier Together Lead Executive and Chief Executive of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“The purpose of this call for evidence is to help inform the development of our Five Year System Plan. While the plan is about setting out what health and care organisations need to deliver over the coming years, we can only create something meaningful if we seek the views and input from a wide range of citizens and organisations.

“We really want to try and tap into a broad cross section of expertise and knowledge beyond those people working within our partnership and hope people are willing to contribute to help shape the development of our plans.” 

You can take part by submitting your evidence via this survey link https://bit.ly/32135V8, by email: bnssg.ltp.feedback@nhs.net or writing to: Call for evidence, Healthier Together Office, Level 4 – South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol, BS1 3NX. 

Submissions should be made by Friday 20 September 2019.

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Further guidance for those wishing to contribute:

  • The scope of this work is focused on Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – however submissions from people or organisations within other areas will also be welcome.
  • Submissions should be 1,000 words or fewer.
  • All submissions will be reviewed by people inputting to the development of the Five Year System Plan. All submissions will receive an acknowledgement to confirm receipt.
  • If people want information to remain confidential this should be explicitly stated within their submission. Otherwise information is likely to be published as part of a call for evidence findings report.
  • Submissions can be made using the survey link, in email, letter or report format. If preferred, evidence can be submitted via email or letter but should include the following details:
    • Name and contact details
    • Details of organisation (if applicable)
    • Topic(s) covered summarised at the start of the submission
    • Whether we have permission to publish all/ some of the response
    • Main submission of evidence (1,000 words or fewer)
    • List of references (if applicable). 

 You can find out more about this work and how it links to the national NHS Long Term Plan on our Five Year System Plan page


Have your say on the future of primary care

Work is underway to update the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Primary Care Strategy. As more care moves into the community, it’s really important that those experiencing or delivering services help to shape our vision for the future.

You can share your views on the vision statement, priorities and what matters to you by taking part in a short survey:
For staff: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3MK67FG
For public: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RKKN7VR

Later this autumn we will publish the revised BNSSG Primary Care Strategy which will include plans for the next five years.

If you’d like to find out more about this work, take a look at the General Practice Resilience and Transformation section of the website. The surveys will close on Tuesday 27 August.


Nurses starting their apprenticeship at UWE

New apprenticeship courses in full swing

 

Nurses starting their apprenticeship at UWE
Nurses starting their apprenticeship at UWE

37 health and social care staff from across BNSSG have embarked on our new apprenticeship programmes in recent months.

15 local health care support workers have taken the first step to becoming registered nurses by beginning their two year Nursing Associate apprenticeship at the University of the West of England. The foundation degree course, which leads to Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration, will help trainees carry out vital roles within our organisations to support existing registered nurses.

A further 22 staff from nursing and allied health roles have also begun a two year master’s degree to develop their advanced practice. This will help staff with career development opportunities and the ability to take on higher levels of responsibility. This is part of an ambitious Healthier Together project to train over 100 Advanced Clinical Practitioners in the next three years.

Jane Bennett, Director of Nursing at Avon Local Medical Committee, who has been instrumental in coordinating the apprenticeship approach for primary care in the region, said: “Advanced Care Practitioners are a vital part of the primary care team. They improve access to services for patients and are proven to provide safe and effective care.”

Developed and funded through the Healthier Together partnership, these apprenticeship opportunities are just the start of plans to help support and develop our local workforce. You can find out more about local health and care apprenticeship opportunities on our Apprenticeships page