The future of NHS services: have your say

The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the Bradford district – NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, NHS Bradford City CCG and NHS Bradford Districts CCG - are inviting local people to take part in the national debate about how health services can be best delivered now and in the years ahead.

The ‘A Call to Action’ debate aims to ensure that the NHS is ready to face the challenges of tightening budgets, an ageing population and an increase in demand for services.

The CCGs are encouraging people to take part in a survey to hear their experiences of local NHS services and any ideas they have on how services might be improved in the future. This will feed into the national debate and also help influence how local commissioning decisions are made.

Representatives from the CCGs will be attending events organised by Bradford Council next week (9 and 12 Dec) to promote the survey and talk to people about the local NHS. They will also share information about how to stay well during the winter and the diabetes campaign, run by Bradford City CCG.

The council has invited partner organisations to two events which it is holding to help develop the district’s new community strategy. The CCGs will be there to promote the NHS survey and talk to local people who attend. The events, which are open to the public, are on:
• Monday 9 December, from 4-6pm at the Banqueting Suite, City Hall, Bradford
• Thursday 12 December, from 4-6pm, KIVCA, Alice Street, Keighley

In ‘A Call to Action’, the NHS is asking local people to get involved in feeding back their personal opinions, experiences and stories as part of this discussion. There are four key areas the NHS needs to focus on:
• improving quality of care that people receive
• meeting everyone’s needs
• maintaining financial sustainability
• building excellence now and for the future.
The local CCGs will also use feedback from the survey, and other engagement work, to help them shape future services based on people’s experiences and suggestions for improvements.

People can join in the debate by taking part in the online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCG_Health_Survey