17 September 2014
The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) today published its proposals for the future of community health services in Devon.
The proposals have been designed by NEW Devon CCG in partnership with local GPs, patients, the public and local organisations, including the voluntary sector.
A copy of the proposals document can be found on the NEW Devon CCG website:http://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/get-involved/community-services/101039 It will also be available at local libraries.
A 12 week involvement and consultation exercise begins today over community services and urgent care. GPs and healthcare managers will host a series of public meetings and drop-in sessions and will visit other groups such as town council meetings to discuss the proposals.
Dr David Jenner, a GP and chair of Eastern Locality of NEW Devon CCG, said the proposals marked an important step in making sure community health services are sustainable now and in the future.
“The passion and interest shown in community services from our local communities over the past year has been fantastic,” he said.
“We have listened to what people have said and believe our commissioning intentions, our proposals for the future, meet this shared vision.
“We know people prefer to be at home with the right support, and we know that we need to rethink the way care is designed to ensure this support is provided.
“We have to act now. We know that in seven years’ time there will be 22,000 more people aged over 75 living in our area, which is a huge increase of over 25 per cent. The way community services are run at the moment simply won’t cope with this demand.
“If not addressed quickly, we know that the number of over 65s admitted to hospital will rise by two per cent each year. The document we are launching today aims to address this.”
Dr Jenner continued: “Please take the time to read the documents online via our website or pick up a copy at your local library in the next couple of weeks.”
People can give their feedback in a number of ways:
In person, at the events being held across Devon (see the CCG’s website for details): www.newdevon.ccg.nhs.uk
By letter or email to your locality:
Crown Yealm House
Path Fields Business Park
NEW Devon CCG
Old Rydon Lane
NEW Devon CCG
You can also get involved in the discussion on social media through our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter. We will be using #NEWdevonTCS