30/07/2017 Update via Karen Ritchie, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Derbyshire – the county’s independent health and social care watchdog.

Over the next few weeks and months we will be getting out and about to encourage people to join in a conversation on the proposed ideas set out for the future of Derbyshire’s health and care.

These ideas are set out in ‘Joined up Care Derbyshire’, a document in which health and social care organisations have set out how they need to work together to improve health, finance, and quality of care to meet the future needs of patients.

We will be working in partnership with Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) to visit community venues across the county to talk about how health and care services work now and how they might look in the future.

Along with SDCCG we’ll be attending community events and market places to give people the chance to drop in and find out more about the plans.  We’ll also be helping to promote other ways for people to get involved in the conversations such as answering a questionnaire, attending a meeting or joining a discussion online.

The feedback received will be presented to the clinicians and teams to make sure that people’s views and ideas are incorporated into the planning and thinking at the earliest stage.

Healthwatch Derbyshire’s role in this consultation is not to pass judgement on the proposals but to ensure that there is a strong voice for local people in this process.

We have been told that ‘Joined Up Care Derbyshire’ is better described as a proposal for change, not a plan, so there is still plenty of time for people to get involved and have a say on the future of their local health services.

I would therefore urge anyone who has questions or concerns about the proposed changes to health and social care in the county to get involved at this early stage.

A list of the events that we will be attending, to ensure there is meaningful opportunity for patients and the public to have their say about the proposed changes, can be found online https://www.healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk/stp-derbyshire-joined-care/stp-events/

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