Your local NHS is changing and it needs your help

The Government is investing an extra £20 billion a year in the NHS. Help your local NHS invest in the right support by sharing your ideas and experiences. #WhatWouldYouDo

With growing pressure on the NHS – an ageing population, more people living with long-term conditions, lifestyle choices affecting people’s health – changes are needed to make sure everybody gets the support they need.

The Government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS. 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. This includes: making it easier for people to access support closer to home and via technology, doing more to help people stay well, and providing better support for people with long-term health conditions.

But whilst the national plan has set some clear goals, it’s up to local areas to decide how they’re achieved. Now it’s time for people to have their say and help shape what the delivery of the plan should look like in their communities.

Independent health charity The Kings Fund has produced a helpful guide to understanding the Long Term Plan which can be downloaded here.

We have been listening to your views though our online surveys, focus groups and local events where we asked:

  • What would you do to give people more control of their care?
    – What your local NHS could do to help your community stay well and to make local services better.
  • What would you do to give people better support?
    – You to share your experiences of support for cancer, mental health conditions, heart and lung diseases, long-term conditions such as diabetes and arthritis, learning disabilities, autism, and dementia, and what could make care better.

Healthwatch Dudley has agreed to take on a coordinating role to compile people’s views from across the Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) area.  Our final report will influence how the NHS Long Term Plan will be delivered locally.