There is still time for people to have their say on local health and wellbeing plans

People across Bradford District and Craven are reminded that there is still time to have their say on local health and wellbeing plans.

The ‘big conversation’ is continuing to run online until 9 August 2017, and aims 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 health and care develop new or different ideas. This is the opportunity for people to contribute ideas and thoughts which will help shape the future of local health, care and support services. 

Julie Lawreniuk, chief finance officer and deputy chief officer, Bradford District and Craven CCGs said: “We’ve had fantastic attendance at the three events held so far. There was recognition from the people who attended the events that our health and care system is under pressure and understanding that there may be some difficult decisions that lie ahead. It was a great opportunity to hear what really matters to local people and have that open and honest dialogue. Although, it is important to say that no major decisions will be made without consultation with local people.”

Councillor Val Slater, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, Bradford Council, said: “I would encourage local people to take just five minutes to have their say using the online survey. What you tell us as part of these big conversations can really make a difference to the future of health and social care in Bradford District and Craven.”

Victoria Simmons from Healthwatch, said: “We know local people really care about their health and care services, and we have had a great response to the events and online survey, nearly 500 people have already given their views. In the next few months we will also be sharing with local people the key themes and ideas that were given as part of these important conversations.”

People can continue to give their views by completing a quick online survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oursaycounts - or by contributing to the conversation on social media using #oursaycounts and following @HealthwatchBfd (Twitter) / @healthwatchbradford (Facebook)

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