14 June 2019
What would you change about local health and care services?
Younger people in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and
Wiltshire are being given an opportunity to help shape how health
and care services are provided in the future.
Over the next seven weeks, NHS and Local Authority organisations
will invite all local residents to say what they need to live
healthier and happier lives as part of a new campaign being
launched today called Our Health Our Future.
Organisations involved are particularly keen to hear the often
overlooked views of younger people who will be using services in
Answers will be used by health and care providers as they work
to publish a forward looking plan this autumn which will set out
how everyone will be able to access the services and support they
need. The new plan will outline a local response to priorities laid
out in the NHS Long Term Plan which was published in January
People will be able to share their views by filling in a simple
survey online at www.ourhealthourfuture.org or by asking for a
paper copy. They can also pass on their views at engagement events
taking place across the local area over the next few weeks.
Tracey Cox, Chief Executive Officer for Bath and North East
Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups
"Health and care organisations and local authorities are
developing a bold plan for the next five years that will ensure our
services provide support through every stage of people's lives - so
they start well, live well and age well.
In order to plan for the future, we need to know what matters,
so we're asking everyone to take a few minutes to fill in our
survey and make sure their views are heard.
Our Health Our Future is about capturing everybody's views, but
we especially want to hear what younger people expect in the future
from our services.
We also want local residents to make an effort to share their
views with family and friends so, together, we can build healthier
Bath-based GP and board member of Bath and North East Somerset
Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Brynn Bird said: "We know the way
in which health and care is provided will change in the future,
especially as our population ages and services come under greater
pressure, and we're developing a plan for how we will face these
"By filling in our survey, local people will be able to give us
a good idea of the services and support they need to prevent ill
health and stay fit."
Alex Luke, Associate Director of Operations for BaNES, Swindon
and Wiltshire at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership,
said: "We know that young people across our area are concerned
about lots of issues including access to mental health services. We
need to know what help and support people will need in the future
and they can let us know what they think in the Our Health Our
The Our Health Our Future survey is open until the end of July
and takes around 10 minutes to complete. It can be filled in online
at www.ourhealthourfuture.org, by asking for a paper copy at local
GP surgeries or by sharing your views at one of our engagement
events taking place over the area over the coming weeks. Copies are
also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by
calling 03333 219464. Survey answers are completely anonymous and
will be treated confidentially.