Have your say over the fu­ture of health ser­vices

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Race For Life -

Res­i­dents are be­ing in­vited to have their say on how health ser­vices in the bor­ough should be de­vel­oped for the fu­ture.

The NHS across Eng­land is chang­ing and as part of that a new drive to get peo­ple in­volved in shap­ing their lo­cal ser­vices has been launched.

Across the NHS Ash­ford Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) area, peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to join the Health Net­work so that they can have a say in how hos­pi­tals, fam­ily doc­tors, so­cial care work­ers and com­mu­nity nurses work to­gether to look af­ter the peo­ple who need care and keep oth­ers healthy and well.

Ser­vices de­signed in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s now need up­dat­ing for 2020 and be­yond. NHS doc­tors and lead­ers across Ash­ford bor­ough are get­ting to­gether over to dis­cuss what needs to change and share ideas about ways to make that hap­pen.

As well as new ev­i­dence about the best way to treat cer­tain con­di­tions and new na­tional stan­dards to meet, there are chal­lenges in fund­ing an age­ing work­force and link­ing health and so­cial care ser­vices more ef­fec­tively.

But health chiefs say they want res­i­dents to be in­volved and have their say on the way ahead, which they can do by sign- ing up to the Ash­ford health net­work and get­ting in­volved with Health­watch Kent.

Martin Har­vey, a lay member for pa­tient and pub­lic en­gage­ment at the CCG, said: “The NHS is fac­ing big chal­lenges and we need to move with the times and find newer, bet­ter ways of work­ing. Peo­ple in Ash­ford and the sur­round­ing area need to get care that best meets their needs but that is also af­ford­able and de­liv­er­able for the lo­cal NHS for the long-term.”

Dr Sarah Phillips, chair of the East Kent Strat­egy Board which is look­ing at how health and care ser­vices are de­signed and de­liv­ered, said: “We’re re­ally keen to hear the views of pa­tients and the pub­lic across the whole of east Kent. This will build on a range of con­ver­sa­tions that have taken place to look at how care could be de­liv­ered in dif­fer­ent ways.”

To get in­volved visit www. ash­ford­ccg.nhs.uk/get­involved/join-the-net­work/ or call Health­watch for free on 0808 801 0102 or visit www. health­watchkent.co.uk

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The NHS is chang­ing and peo­ple are be­ing asked to in­volved in shap­ing their lo­cal ser­vices

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