Saturday, 8 October 2016

The future of Sidmouth's hospital > consultation started >>> "We need to shift our resources and focus from hospital beds to the care surrounding our patients in their own homes."

The proposed changes to hospital provision are now out to consultation:
Futures Forum: The future of Sidmouth's hospital > consultation to start >>> "Encouraging self care as prevention and care at home in preference to hospital treatment is laudable, but the resources will not be in place by next April."

The Success Regime’s consultation document, which proposes to close half of the remaining beds in Eastern Devon, has just been published:

Your Future Care
Welcome to the Your Future Care consultation web pages.

Your Future Care is the consultation for NEW Devon’s Success Regime. Read more about the Success Regime here.

The NHS in Northern, Eastern and Western Devon has launched a public consultation. The Your Future Care consultation will run over 13 weeks from Friday 7 October 2016 to 6 January 2017.
Read the consultation document hereClick here to download this file
Have your say on the consultation document
Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) is accountable for the commissioning of healthcare services to meet the needs of the population of about 900,000 people in the Northern, Eastern and Western parts of Devon.
We are responsible for delivering care that meets the needs of all residents and for doing so in a way that makes best use of taxpayer funding.
This consultation sets out proposals to improve your future care in Northern, Eastern and Western Devon by providing more care in people’s homes and avoiding hospital admissions where possible. 

We want to implement a consistent model of community services across NEW Devon, one which is based on the principles and priorities identified in earlier engagement and consultation with the public and clinicians.
Local health and social care organisations also face a financial shortfall in 2015/16 of £122m (4% of funding), rising to £384m (14% of funding) in 2020/21 if nothing changes.
The previous consultation led the CCG to develop six strategic principles to guide the commissioning intentions for community services in future.
They are that our community services should: 

  • Help people to stay well.
  • Integrate care.
  • Personalise support.
  • Coordinate pathways.
  • Think carer think family.
  • Home as the first choice.
Doctors, nurses, therapists and social care professionals from across our health and social care system have worked together to develop proposals to design a model of care which meets all these principles.
The aim of the model is to join up care more effectively so people are not being sent to hospital just because services are not available to look after them at home. For frail and elderly people, a prolonged stay in hospital can cause harm, increase risk of exposure to infection and reduce their ability to live independently at home. People have told us they would prefer to be in their own homes. Whilst people do sometimes need treatment in hospital, it is essential that they are then able to go home as soon as they are well enough and it is safe for them to do so.
To achieve this we need to shift our resources and focus from hospital beds to the care surrounding our patients in their own homes. This consultation is therefore about how we decide the location of fewer community hospital inpatient beds in Eastern Devon whilst giving people the reassurance as to the improved care they can expect instead in their own homes.
You can read our full consultation document here.

It describes the challenges we face in more detail, and the opportunities the new model of care provides, what we’ve improved so far and what we want to do next.
Have your say
As part of the Your Future Care consultation, we want to make sure that everyone in Northern Eastern and Western Devon has the chance to give their views and comments. We are asking as many people as possible to give us their views by reading the consultation document and completing the response form.

We are asking for your views on whether you think the proposed options will deliver the model of integrated care described, and on the best locations for community beds in Eastern Devon.

We are keen to hear your views, which will help us to make a final decision. Please bear in mind this is a consultation not a ‘vote’. We will take all responses into account along with a wide range of other information.
Consultation events
As part of this consultation, we will be hosting a number of consultation events across NEW Devon, where you can learn more, speak to the programme’s clinical leaders and let us know what you think.

Details of these events will be available here.

Your Future Care

Here is comment from Cllr Claire Wright of the County Council's health committee:
Bed cuts consultation document launched this evening - Claire Wright

And from Exeter City Councillor Paul Bull:



NHS Consultations – Have Your Say

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group [NEWDevonCCG] is launching a formal consultation, on community health services in Eastern Devon.
The consultation, called Your Future Care”, will run from the 7th October 2016 to the 6th January 2017.  There will be roadshow events, where people can find out more, and public meetings, where proposed service changes will be discussed.
There are regular newsletters to keep people up to date.
Devon is not alone in looking at changes to how health and care services are provided.  Right across England, the NHS has been required to put together “Sustainability and Transformation Plans”.  These will pave the way for greater joining-up of health and care services, across organisational and geographical boundaries.
The changes are being driven by multiple pressures on health and care services.  We have an ageing population, with more people having long term and complex health conditions.  Money is of course a factor, with continuing financial pressures on public services.  “Workforce development” matters too, with concerns about how the NHS might be staffed post-Brexit.  Other considerations include the physical condition of older NHS buildings, transport issues and so on.
It’s a complex picture, and health service managers will have to juggle many competing priorities.  Among all of this, it is important that they hear what patients and the general public have to say.  We will continue to publicise and support the public meetings and surveys so that as many people as possible can be involved in the debate.
Further reading:
NHS Confederation: Understanding sustainability and transformation plans [30 September 2016]

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