With growing pressure on the NHS – an ageing population, more people living with long-term conditions, and lifestyle choices affecting people’s health – changes are needed to make sure everybody gets the support they need.
The NHS has produced a Long Term Plan, setting out all the things it wants health services to do better for people across the country. Now your local NHS needs to hear from YOU about what those changes should look like in your community.
What would you do to make the NHS better in Cornwall? How would you make it easier for people to take control of their own health and wellbeing? What would you do to make support better for people with long-term conditions?
Now is the time to share your ideas and experiences to help make local health services better for everyone in Cornwall. #WhatWouldYouDo
The NHS faces a growing demand for its services. More people have long-term conditions for which they need ongoing support. Illnesses linked to inequality and to lifestyle choices are also adding to the pressure on the NHS.
People have told Healthwatch they want to help by taking more control of their health and care. To do this they want the NHS to get better at understanding what they need, at using technology and providing support tailored to them as an individual.
The NHS is changing and it needs your help
The priorities for the future
- Improving how the NHS works so that people can get help more easily and closer to home. For example, being able to talk to your doctor on your computer or smart phone; access more services via your GP near to where you live; use other community services which could improve your health; and leave hospital without delay when you are well enough.
- Helping more people to stay well. This includes things like helping more people to stay a healthy weight or to stop smoking. It covers helping to tackle air pollution and making sure your health isn’t worse because of where you live, the services and treatments available and the amount of money you have.
- Making care better. The NHS wants to get even better at looking after people with cancer, mental health, dementia, lung and heart diseases and learning disabilities, and autism.
- More money invested in technology so that everyone can access services using their phone or computer, and so that health professionals can make better, faster decisions.
The NHS hopes that by spending more money on services in the community, and by making sure that care works as well as possible, it can save money overall and ensure people have all the support they need.
NHS organisations have been asked to come up with a local plan explaining how these priorities will be delivered in your area. Your local Healthwatch are working together to find out what local people think. What people tell us will be shared with the NHS and will be used to help develop the plan for your area.
From the start of March, you can have your say by either visiting www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do or contacting your local Healthwatch to find out about how you can get involved.
The NHS wants to help people stay well and make the support available better. To do this your local NHS is going to change the way it works.
For example, the NHS wants to:
- Help people live healthier lives by supporting individuals to stop smoking and tackling issues such as air pollution.
- Invest more in technology and community services so you can access help more quickly and support closer to home.
- Get even better at looking after people with cancer, mental health, dementia, lung and heart diseases and learning disabilities, and autism.
- Improve the support people need to age well and to have a strong start in life.
Your views can help your local NHS get these changes right.
Tell us what you think could be done to help people stay well and live more healthier lives.
Share your experiences of receiving care and tell us what you think would make support better.
What would you do to make it easier for people to take control of their own health and wellbeing?
Talk to your Healthwatch and help make your local NHS better for everyone.
The NHS in every area have been asked by NHS England to come up with a local plan explaining how they will deliver the priorities set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.
Healthwatch is finding out what local people think to help the NHS invest in the right services. Your local Healthwatch will publish a public report about what people have told them. The NHS will explain how they have responded to these views in the plans they produce.
If you want to help more people in your community have their say, please contact your local Healthwatch or visit www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do
No. Our aim is to give people the opportunity to have their say on how the national plan is delivered locally. The views we gather will feed into the development of the NHS’s local plans.