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.


Healthier Together Conference 2019 - Our Five Year System Plan

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

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.


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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