Somerset residents and health and care staff are invited to have their say on the criteria - such as ease of access, transport and travel times for patients, visitors and carers - that the Fit for my Future programme should use to decide on a short list of proposals for public consultation in autumn 2019.
Fit for my Future, a joint programme between NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset County Council, is reviewing how health and care will be delivered across the county in future.
A number of focus groups took place with residents and staff to identify a list of possible criteria. These include impacts on patient outcome and experience, travel time and distance, ensuring equal access and treatment for all, whether the proposals are deliverable, and the recruitment and retention of the staff needed to provide the services.
Dr Rosie Benneyworth, Clinical Lead and Director of the Fit for my future programme, said: “Thank you to everyone who has helped so far shape our journey to improve health and care in Somerset. Now we are beginning to move on to the more detailed work. Agreeing the criteria to reduce the long list of possible options down to a short list of proposals for public consultation is a crucial part of our journey.
“We would very much like to hear your views, whether you are a patient, a carer, a parent, a volunteer, a voluntary organisation, or a member of NHS or council staff. Please visit our website to have your say before we close the online survey on Sunday, 3 March. Your views are important to us.”
Have your say by completing the survey online at https://response.questback.com/isa/qbv.dll/ShowQuest?QuestID=5316326&sid=VlEoFepTy0 by Sunday, 3 March at 11pm, stating whether you agree or disagree with the list of potential criteria and tell us whether you consider any are missing.
For more information about Fit for my future, check out www.fitformyfuture.org.uk.