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.

Call for evidence - magnifying glass

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


Share your views on health and care services

What would you do? January 2019 saw the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan. Developed by NHS England, with input from thousands of organisations and members of the public, it sets out a national ambition for how we can all make the NHS fit for the future.

As part of Healthier Together, health and care organisations across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will take account of the NHS Long Term Plan as they work in partnership with the public and staff to develop a local five year plan. This will help us to make sure we create an ambitious but realistic local plan that considers both national priorities and our local communities.

You can have your say now, through some surveys that local Healthwatch teams are running. There are two types of surveys you can take part in – a general survey and a long term condition survey:

Find out more and take part in Bristol or South Gloucestershire surveys

Find out more and take part in North Somerset surveys

These surveys will close on 30 April, but this is just the start of our work to involve local people and organisations in our plans for the future.

We will continue to seek views and input from local people over the coming months through other surveys and meetings – details will be published on our website as they become available. This will help us make sure we consider people’s feedback every step of the way as we develop our Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire five year health and care plan.

 


Lay representatives invited to join Healthier Together Panel Steering Group

Colleagues at our February 2019 Steering Group meeting

We are looking for local people from South Gloucestershire and North Somerset to join our Healthier Together Panel Steering Group.

The Healthier Together Panel Steering Group oversees our ‘Citizens’ Panel’.  The Panel is made up of around 1,000 people from across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire that have been invited to voice their views on health and care matters.

The Steering Group plays an important role in shaping the strategic direction of the Healthier Together Panel, including inputting to survey questions and ensuring we make best use of the results.

We already have a lay representative from Bristol and are now looking for two more volunteers to join us. You can find out more by about the role here.

If you are interested in getting involved, please register your interest by completing this short survey before the 25 March 2019.

If you’d like any further information please get in touch with Louise Fowler (07917 456874).