Local people asked to have their say about the future of health and social care

People across Bradford District and Craven are being asked to have their say on local health and wellbeing plans. A ‘big conversation’ will be running throughout July and August to find out what’s most important to the public, to help shape future plans for health and wellbeing.

The conversations are being run by Healthwatch Bradford and District on behalf of local partners, led by NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in partnership with Bradford Council and community organisations.

The aim is to be open and transparent about the challenges facing the health and care system, take soundings about current plans and help the health and care system develop new or different ideas.    Healthwatch want to hear what people think. The big conversations are the opportunity for people to contribute ideas and thoughts which will help shape the future of local health, care and support services. 

Helen Hirst, chief officer, Bradford District and Craven CCGs, said: “We hope the ‘big conversations’ will encourage people to have their say and make a real difference to the way health and care services run in the future.  What people tell us during these ‘big conversations’ will have significant influence on how we plan for the future. There is no doubt that our health and care system is under pressure, and that there may be some difficult decisions that lie ahead. No major decisions will be made without consultation with local people but first we need to listen to hear what really matters most to people.

Gary, a carer who has already shared his views with Healthwatch, said: “Health and social care is probably the biggest impact on society, and we all need to make sure that we’re getting involved. I think it’s important for everybody’s voice to be heard – we’ve all got one. We all use these services. It’s our choice.”

Cllr Val Slater, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing at Bradford council, said: “What you say as part of the Big Conversation could make a real difference as we transform the way social care is delivered for the twenty first century and we’d encourage you to take part.”

Victoria Simmons from Healthwatch, said: “The public events next week in Keighley, Bradford, and Bingley are the start of an important conversation about the future of health and wellbeing for our District. I hope lots of people will come along, have their say and ask questions. We know local people really care about their health and care services so I’m sure there will be a healthy debate  – please sign up online at healthwatchbradford.co.uk or call Healthwatch on 01535 665258 to register and find out more.” 

There are lots of ways that people can give their views:

  • completing a quick online survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oursaycounts
  • contributing to the conversation on social media using #oursaycounts and following @HealthwatchBfd (Twitter) / @healthwatchbradford (Facebook)
  • attending one of three public events:
    • Monday 10 July, 3-5pm, Central Hall, Keighley, BD21 3JD
    • Wednesday 12 July, 5.30-7.30pm, Carlisle Business Centre, Bradford, BD8 8BD (BSL interpreted)
    • Friday 14 July, 1-3pm, Mercure Bankfield Hotel, Bingley, BD16 1TU

If people require information in a different format, they can contact Healthwatch on 0300 56 10 987 or email info@healthwatchbradford.co.uk

To find out more about the local health and wellbeing plans visit the Healthwatch Bradford and District website - http://www.healthwatchbradford.co.uk/oursaycounts