18 November 2016
Events are being held across the county to give interested people the opportunity to find out about proposals to change and improve the way care for the elderly is provided.
Your Future Care is a proposal by NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG) to provide care and support at home and in the community for the elderly and frail, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and supporting a faster return home.
The new way of caring for people means fewer community hospital beds are needed and in the Eastern locality* of Devon, a public consultation is underway looking at where the remaining beds should be located.
But health bosses are keen to hear what people across the county, including North Devon and West Devon, think about an integrated model of care, where the various providers of services work together to promote the health and wellbeing of residents.
They are seeking views on this new model of care and hope as many people as possible will come along to the roadshows where they can drop in for an informal chat and learn more about the proposals. The Your Future Care consultation document is available on the CCG’s website here.
Dr Paul Hardy, a Plymouth GP and chair of the Western locality of the CCG area, said: “Everyone living in NEW Devon should be able to access great care.
“At present, many of our most vulnerable groups and populations receive lower levels of support. We are continually looking to improve the services we provide to ensure that people have the maximum opportunity to retain their well-being and independence.
“When asked, many patients say that they would prefer to be managed in their own home, and when this is appropriate we will endeavour to support patients to achieve their wishes.
“We have to find a way to maximise the care we can provide, making the best use of our scarce resources.”
Details of the roadshows can be found below, with PDF and JPEG versions attached.
Public meetings are ongoing in the Eastern locality as part of the consultation and there are still a few places available. Details of the events – including new ones added for Exeter and Honiton – and how to register to guarantee a place, can be found here.
*The Eastern locality of Devon covers East Devon, Exeter and Mid Devon and parts of West Devon, including Okehampton.