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Big ‘conversation’ launched to give local residents opportunity to improve health and social care services
Brighton and Hove residents are being asked to play their part in helping to improve health and social care for the city.
The local NHS and local authority have launched the first ever 'Big Health and Care Conversation' to get the views and experiences of as many local people as possible about what matters most to them in health and social care and how they can help shape and transform services in the future.
The conversation will last six months and members of the NHS and local authority will be out and about across the city to speak with as many different people and communities as possible.
A launch event was held at the Brighton Dome on 4 July, where members of the public got the chance to talk to doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health professionals, NHS workers, local authority staff and community and voluntary representatives.
The event focussed on Caring Together, which is a joint programme of work led by NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Brighton & Hove City Council. The programme builds on work that is already underway in the city and aims to find ways to improve and transform services for adults and children, physical and mental health, social care, public health, GP services, pharmacies, community and voluntary sector services and hospital services. You can find a summary of the Caring Together programme on the Caring Together page
Speaking about the Big Health and Care Conversation, Dr David Supple, Clinical Chair of NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, and Rob Persey, Director of Health and Adult Social Care at Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “We want to improve health and social care for everyone in the city but we can only do this with the help of those who matter the most – the patients, public and carers. They are the ones who know how services can best meet their needs so we want to ensure their views and experiences are heard, acted on and influence the way health and care is planned and delivered now and in years to come. We want to hear from anyone and everyone across the city so don’t be shy – join the conversation.”
The Big Health and Care Conversation will include
- Open public forums (the first will be before the next Governing Body Meeting)
- Big Knit and Natter
- Big Pride Conversation
- Big Health and Care Online Survey
- Big STP Conversation
There will also be regular Big Brighton and Hove Street Conversations, where members of NHS and local authority staff will hit the streets to talk with as many people as possible.
As well as talking to people while out and about, the Big Health and Care Conversation is also asking for people to give their views over social media. You can Tweet at hashtag #Big_Convo