Local people and staff across Sussex and East Surrey are being asked to give their views, experiences and ideas on how health and care can be shaped across the STP in the future.
Following the national publication of the NHS Long-term Plan (https://www.england.nhs.uk/long-term-plan/) local organisations have been asked to work together as part of health and care systems to develop their own plans which will set out how the national plan will work across local areas.
To help develop this local plan, doctors, specialists and clinicians have come together across Sussex and East Surrey to give a Population Health Check. They have looked at clinical evidence, patient experience and local knowledge and given a diagnosis of what needs to change from their expert point of view.
The local NHS now wants to seek the views, experience and ideas of patients, public, staff, volunteers and carers, so the local plans are developed in a way that best reflects the needs of our population.
During 2019, the local NHS will be going out to speak and listen to people, patients and staff across the local area and across organisations, and will be encouraging many others to give their feedback. This will be supported by Healthwatch in Sussex and Surrey, who are working with the NHS to provide public engagement opportunities on the future of health and care services.
The engagement will build on conversations and feedback that has already taken place and will help identify the priority areas that need to be the focus of the local plans.