PATIENTS are being asked to take part in the Government’s biggest ever NHS patient engagement event.
Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group is staging two events locally in January to discuss the challenges the NHS faces and to get patient feedback on their vision for the future of healthcare in the city.
The feedback received will be used to help formulate their three to five-year commissioning plan which sets out their plans in the future.
The first event takes place between 5:30pm and 8:30pm on Wednesday January 15 in the Valiant Suite at Port Vale Football Club.
The second event takes place in the Stanley Matthews Suite at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday January 21.
Call to Action is the broadest, deepest and most meaningful public discussion ever held about health care in England, and events are being held around the country where people can express their opinions and discuss local health challenges as part of the project.
It comes as the NHS faces real pressure with an aging population and people living longer with long term conditions.
Nationally the number of people aged over 80 will double by 2030 and if we do nothing by 2020 the NHS could face a funding gap of £30 billion.
The CCG’s Clinical Accountable Officer, Dr Andrew Bartlam said: “In Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire we have 37,500 people aged over 75 and 1,300 have serious conditions with significant needs. By 2023 we have 48,500 people aged over 75 which will put even more pressures on the health-care system.
He added: “The NHS can’t afford to do nothing. We need to take action now to work in a different way, using resources more effectively to move away from hospital based care to help support people when they need it most and helping them to live independently for longer. These events will help explain the challenges we face and get patient opinion on what they think we should be doing to work differently.”
Margy Woodhead is Chair of the CCG’s Patient Congress and a member of the CCG’s Governing Body.
She said: “It’s vital that people tell us what they think we should be doing to help address some of the challenges the NHS faces here. These events will give patients a chance to air their views and answer some really thought provoking questions on what the future holds for the NHS in Stoke-on-Trent. Patient opinion will really help shape the CCG’s plans for the future so I would urge as many people as possible to attend and have their say.”
Val Lewis, Manager of Healthwatch Stoke on Trent said: "These events provide patients and service users in Stoke on Trent with the opportunity to shape health services which work for them. We all want the best for us so let's start by sharing our ideas."
If you would like to attend either of the events please contact firstname.lastname@example.org on 0845 602 6772 ext 6852
You can also find out more on a Call to Action at: www.england.nhs.uk/2013/07/11/call-to-action/