Better for You, Better for Devon
NHS Devon Clinical Commissiong Group (CCG) is developing a local version of the national NHS Long Term Plan, called Better for you, Better for Devon. The plan will make sure we Devon is fit for the future, providing high-quality care and better health outcomes for people and their families, through every stage of life.
Now here in Devon, the CCG are starting an eight-week period of engagement (from 11 July to 5 September 2019) to develop their own Long Term Plan, Better for You, Better for Devon. The plan will focus on improving people’s health and mental health, and supporting people to stay well.
The challenges we face
Part of the conversation will centre on the big challenges we face, as these will influence the future of health and care:
- Medical advances mean people are living longer – something we celebrate. But people now often live with multiple illnesses, such as cancer, heart problems and type 2 diabetes. We need to ensure services can provide what they need
- Preventable illnesses like type 2 diabetes are increasing, and the amount of time people live in good health has been decreasing since 2012
- Vital health and care jobs remain unfilled – 1 in 10 nurse jobs and 1 in 12 social worker posts in Devon remain vacant as demand for services increase. There is a shortage of people to undertake these roles
- There have been increases in NHS funding, but peoples’ needs for services are growing faster
- Devon’s population is growing and is expected to rise by about 33,000 people – equivalent to the population of Exmouth – over the next five years.
Building on previous work
Better for You, Better for Devon builds on work the CCG have previously done and will focus on real changes to how they support people.
This will see them strengthening prevention to support people to live healthier lives, supporting GP and community services to intervene early to support local people, enhancing services to help children, young people and adults needing mental health support, and having high-quality, efficient hospital services in the right place when people need them.
The CCG will work more closely with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, charities and the broader social care sector to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
How the CCG are involving local people
To ensure we get really good detailed feedback, the majority of the engagement exercise will be delivered by local councils and NHS organisations, and will be based on local priorities. This will involve focus groups, face-to-face discussions and surveys.
There will also be county-wide engagement using 1,700 members of the public who are part of our new Citizen’s Panel, surveys of GP practice participation groups (PPGs) and phone questionnaires with patients.
- Livewell Devon
- Devon County Council
- Torbay Council
- Plymouth City Council
- Follow #BetterDevon
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