Local conversations with community and NHS leaders to improve health and care

Dozens of local people and organisations have met together with the area’s health service commissioners to talk about local health and care services and to see how they can play a role in shaping services for the future.

The North East Hampshire and Farnham Community Forum brought together members of the public and representatives of statutory and voluntary bodies with leading GPs and professionals from the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs).

Attendees at the event, at North Hants Golf Club, in Fleet, received information on some of the main developments in local health services before meeting each CCG leader in turn, with the opportunity to ask questions and have conversations with them.

People were also asked to make personal pledges as to what they could do themselves to improve their health and wellbeing, and also what they could do for their communities. The outcomes included a range of promises, from walking and cycling more, cutting out sugar from diets, to launching a wellbeing programme at work and linking up with other voluntary sector organisations.

Dr Peter Bibawy, Clinical Chair of the CCG, said: “It is a real privilege to be able to serve local people and we want to have real conversations with the people who use local service giving our local community ownership of their health and care. Judging by the passion and energy that was in the room at the event, there is a lot of desire from local people to play a central role, and for a health service commissioner and a local GP that is very exciting.”


Thank you to all those who came to the Community Forum on Wednesday (November 21). It was great to see you all there and we have had some really good feedback from participants. Some of you asked if you would be able to get copies of the presentations on the day.

Here they are:

Introduction
(Dr Martin Ballard)
          

The Frimley Health and Care
Integrated Care System
(presentation by Ruth Colburn Jackson)

Community Ambassadors
(presentation by Caroline Martinez)
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