The NHS across England is changing, including here in Ashford. So a new drive to get people involved in shaping their local services has been launched today.
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.
Some of our local services were designed to meet the needs of people in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Now they need updating for 2020 and beyond. Local NHS doctors and leaders are getting together over the coming months to talk about what needs to change and share their current thinking 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 due to retire with not enough specialists to fill vacancies and the need to join up health and social care services more effectively. But new ways of delivering health and care services need to be designed with patients and local people. Have a voice and get involved. Now is the time to be heard. (more…)