The NHS has published a ‘long-term plan’ (https://www.england.nhs.uk/long-term-plan/) that sets out the priorities and ambitions for the years ahead to make sure the NHS continues to provide high quality care across the country. Local organisations have been asked to work together as part of health and care systems to develop their own plans by autumn 2019 which will set out how the national long-term plan will work across local areas.
To help develop the local plan, doctors, specialists and clinicians have come together across Sussex and East Surrey to develop a ‘Population Health Check’. They have looked at clinical evidence, patient experience and local population information and given a diagnosis of what needs to change from their expert point of view.
They have found that 75% of deaths and disabilities across our local area are caused by five conditions – cancer, circulation and respiratory disease, diabetes, bone and joint conditions, and mental health conditions – and these cause the biggest impact on services.
The Population Health Check sets out priority areas that we need to focus on to allow services to better meet the needs of our population:
We want a better understanding of the needs of our population and will be doing this by speaking and hearing from local people over the months ahead.