Equal access to healthcare

For some time we have been exploring how we can work in partnership with others, particularly our local government and voluntary sector partners, to address health inequalities.

We know that we need to work in a different way in the future, to work in a more joined-up, cohesive and collaborative way, with the flexibility to tackle issues affecting our local communities, whether they are focussed on health or wider factors that can affect our health.

The impact of COVID-19 has been felt by everyone and it's important that we understand the difficulties people are facing whether they be related to health, housing, finances or family. We know that we are still not hearing from some of the most vulnerable and most in need groups in our communities. To understand them will require a different approach based on relationships and trust . . . we can't do this in isolation.

We must make best use of the rich resources we have to hand. A new data insights tool developed by the Integrated Care System analytics team, alongside stakeholder insights and community feedback helps us build a detailed picture of where and how we need to focus our energy . . . but it will never tell us the whole story.The impact of COVID-19 has also seen many positive changes, both in lifestyle and community spirit - we need to take this opportunity to understand how we can support and maintain some of these new and rediscovered benefits for people and communities.

By supporting projects and approaches that are community-focussed we can begin to build an approach that tackles broader inequalities that affect our health.

Our ambition is to work together: communities, voluntary sector, health, care and local government to deliver change together.

The CCG would like to thank the wide range of partners that are working with the CCG to address inequalities. Particular thanks go to Hart District Council, Rushmoor Borough Council and Waverley Borough Council for their involvement.

This is a critical time for health and care services, we are committed to understanding the views and experiences of local people and those of the organisations we work closely with. We will continue to work closely with our Local Authority, voluntary sector and Healthwatch partners.

We would like to thank everybody who has taken the time to take part in our work and share their views and experiences throughout the year.

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