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Have your say on health and care plan for Rutland

By Dave Gooderham


A watchdog has called on people to have their say in a consultation on plans to reshape health and care services around the county.

Better Care Together is a five-year NHS programme that aims to redesign services to meet the needs of communities in Rutland, Leicester and Leicestershire by 2019.

It is a great opportunity for local people to contribute to the reshaping of services and have their voice heard.
Healthwatch Rutland chief executive Ali Burrow-Smith

This month a series of public consultation events will be held across the region. Watchdog Healthwatch Rutland has encouraged as many people as possible to go along and have their say on the proposals.

Chief executive Ali Burrow-Smith said: “Healthwatch Rutland welcomes the opportunities that closer integration of health and social care services offers and encourages everyone to find out as much as they can about the plans and to make their views known.

“There will be a mobile unit at different locations across the region throughout March where everyone can find out more and have their say. It is a great opportunity for local people to contribute to the reshaping of services and have their voice heard.”

The mobile unit will visit Rutland on March 18, when it will be in the car park of Tesco in Oakham from 10am to 5pm.

The programme will also be explained at Healthwatch Rutland’s next board meeting at 12.30pm on March 20 at the Gover Centre, Voluntary Action Rutland, Oakham.

The Better Care Together plan is evolving during the consultation process, but has several key aims, including:

- To help children have the best start in life.

- To know patient’s histories to help anticipate and plan for their health needs.

- To help support people and their loved ones when life comes to an end.

Numerous changes are already underway across the region. In Rutland, £2.2m will be invested in new community services to provide people with the right care, in the right place, at the right time. The health service also aims to reduce emergency admissions to hospitals.

A new £48m emergency floor will be built at Leicester Royal Infirmary, while a centre for older people will open in Loughborough.

Across Leicestershire £38m will be given to GPs, community nurses, and social services working to provide better care closer to home. The aim is to avoid admissions to hospital, with services targeted primarily to older people, vulnerable people, those with long term conditions and their carers.

Chairman of Better Care Together Kaye Burnett said: “The National Health Service belongs to the people. Everyone knows that the NHS and social care are under ever increasing pressures, as people live longer and public finances are stretched.

“To continue to provide safe and high quality care for people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland we need to change how and where our services are provided.

“Better Care Together is about reshaping how we work so that we have services which are there for people through every stage of life. We want local people to help shape our thoughts and ideas, so I would encourage them to come along to the mobile unit or go online to share their views.”

The Better Care Together partnership comprises a wide range of health and care organisations across Rutland, Leicester and Leicestershire. It includes Rutland County Council, the East Midlands Ambulance Service, and Healthwatch Rutland.

For full details visit www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk, where there is also an online survey. It closes on March 31.


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