Local people encouraged to help shape future of community health services

The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have announced a series of interactive workshops as part of work to involve local people in shaping the future of local community health services.

Community health services cover a wide range of care, from supporting patients to manage long-term conditions like complex diabetes or respiratory conditions to treating those who are seriously ill with complex conditions.

Most community healthcare takes place in people’s homes or other out of hospital healthcare settings like GP practices. This is supported by care in community hospitals, with teams of nurses and therapists co-ordinating care and working with GPs and social care professionals.

Community health services also provide preventative and health improvement services, often working with GP practices, local councils and the community and voluntary sector. The current arrangements for community health services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland date back a number of years with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust as the main provider.

The local CCGs, which plan and fund local healthcare services, are considering changing these services to make improvements and help more people be cared for at home and in local communities. This is part of work to transform care as part of the local partnership, Better Care Together. A series of workshops are to be held to enable local people to get involved and share their views.

Tamsin Hooton, Director Lead for Community Services Redesign on behalf of the CCGs, said: “People have told us they want to stay at home wherever they can, and clinical evidence tells us that people recover much better and faster at home. In order for us to deliver this kind of care, and to support the work already underway to deliver more home based and integrated community care, our existing services need to change and that’s why we are looking at opportunities to redesign them.

“Since August 2018, we have been gathering people’s experiences to influence this work. This has included listening to the views of patients, carers, and health and care professionals through in-depth interviews and via an online survey. We’re now holding a number of events to share what we’ve learned from the work we’ve done so far and understand people’s thoughts on what we’ve found.  We will also talk through our initial proposals for community health services and most importantly, ask for local people to share their views with us.

“The outcome of the workshops will assist the CCGs to put together a future plan of what community services should look like, to ensure they are integrated with other health and care services care, and improve the outcomes and health and wellbeing of patients and their family carers.”

There will be a number of opportunities over the coming months for local people to get involved.  Initially, six interactive workshops are being held around Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland:

  • Monday 11th February 2019, 2.00pm to 4.00pm – Wycliffe Rooms, 27 George Street, Lutterworth, LE17 4ED
  • Tuesday 12th February 2019, 6.00pm to 8.00pm – NSPCC National Training Centre, 3 Gilmour Close, Beaumont Leys, LE4 1EZ
  • Tuesday 26th February 2019, 6.00pm to 8.00pm – Rutland County Council, Catmose House, Catmose Street, Oakham LE15 6HP
  • Wednesday 27th February, 6.00pm to 8.00pm – Heartwood Conference Centre, Rothley House, Coalville Business Park, Coalville, LE67 3NR
  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 2.00pm to 4.00pm – Holiday Inn, 299 Leicester Road Wigston Fields, Leicester LE18 1JW
  • Wednesday 6th March 2019, 2.00pm to 4.00pm – Leicestershire Voluntary Action, 9 Newarke Street, Leicester LE1 5SN

The events are open to all and are an opportunity for anyone who has an interest in the future of community health services to share their thoughts. This includes patients and family carers, staff working in acute or community settings, social care staff, domiciliary care workers, GPs, care home staff and people working in voluntary and community organisations along with interested members of the public. We also hope to welcome the patients, family carers and health and care professionals who participated in the research.

People can book a place at the events in advance by calling 0116 295 4104. Alternatively you can book online at www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk or via email: BCTComms@westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk

Further opportunities to get involved will be posted on the Better Care Together website: www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk where people can also register their interest in receiving updates on the work going on across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to transform local services.