People in Bath and North East Somerset asked to decide the future of their community health and care services

A public consultation has launched this week in Bath and North East Somerset which asks local people to decide how health and care services should be delivered in their local community.

Four different models are being put forward which could see the coordination of local services handed down to groups of GP practices or the Council’s Area Forums.  Other proposals in the consultation include joining up IT systems between different health and care providers, providing “care navigators” to help people find their way around the system and a single pooled budget for health and social care in Bath and North East Somerset.

The consultation marks the start of Phase Two of the your care, your way review being carried out jointly by Bath & North East Somerset Council and NHS Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG).

Community health and care services provide support for people in their own home or a local setting. The Council and the CCG work together to plan and pay for over 400 different community services for local people which are provided by over 60 different organisations.

The draft proposals have been developed following hundreds of conversations with patients, service users and carers as well as health and care professionals since January 2015.

Dr Ruth Grabham, a local GP and Medical Director of the CCG, said:

“People are living longer and there are increasing numbers of patients with long term, complex conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Our community care and health services need to adapt to these challenges and provide lasting and sustainable improvements for local people. The your care, your way consultation aims to identify the best way to treat and care for everyone in a way that is truly integrated and person-centred.

“The proposals we have developed with the Council are potentially ground-breaking.  Our thinking has been heavily influenced by our engagement with the local community so far and we’re really interested to hear what everyone has to say about the ideas we are putting forward.”

Cllr Vic Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing

“This Council is committed to working closely with NHS colleagues and others to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents. Our success will ultimately be measured by the delivery of improved health outcomes and reduced health inequalities, giving us confidence that everyone in Bath and North East Somerset has the support they need to live happier and healthier lives.

“Thank you to everyone who has got involved with the your care, your way review so far and please take the opportunity to share your views on the consultation proposals by 30th October.”

To find out more about your care, your way and to take part in the survey, visit www.yourcareyourway.org

Alternative you can also come along to hear us present at one of the following meetings:

17 September, 2pm
BaNES CCG AGM – Guildhall, Bath

29 September, 7pm
Bathavon Area Forum – St Gregory’s School

30 September, 7pm
Keynsham Area Forum – Fry Club, Keynsham

6 October, 7pm
Somer Valley Area Forum – Beacon Hall, Peasedown St John

15 October, 7pm
Chew Valley Area Forum – Chew Valley Secondary School