NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body met in public on Wednesday (28 September) to discuss the Your Future Care consultation on community services in the Eastern* locality of Devon.
Following agreement by our Governing Body to proceed with a public consultation on community services, people will now be given the opportunity to find out more about the Your Future Care consultation and to have their say.
The Your Future Care consultation will launch on 7 October 2016, and will run until Friday 6 January 2017.
At the Governing Body meeting, a comprehensive model of care for people who are frail or elderly was discussed by health commissioners from Northern, Eastern and Western Devon. This includes changes to the way community services are provided and could result in a reduction of inpatient beds at some locations. The CCG’s Governing Body were presented with four options for a public consultation process.
The model responds to the views of patients and clinical staff about what they wish to see provided in future.
More than 80 clinicians have worked on the model, which could see a much more responsive service in people’s homes – where it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Now we have agreed to go ahead with public consultation with a set of clear options for local people to consider, we want to encourage people to get involved and have their say on how our community services should be provided in the future.
The four options in the consultation are:
- Option A Beds at Tiverton (32), Seaton (24) and Exmouth (16)
- Option B Beds at Tiverton (32), Sidmouth (24) and Exmouth (16)
- Option C Beds at Tiverton (32), Seaton (24) and Exeter (16)
- Option D Beds at Tiverton (32), Sidmouth (24) and Exeter (16)
Our preferred option is A, as this combination results in the smallest changes in travel time and has greatest whole system impact.
Honiton Hospital and Okehampton Hospital do not appear in any of the shortlisted options. Subject to consultation, the proposal would mean that there will be no inpatient beds on either of these sites and the new model of care would be implemented.
Once the consultation starts, a series of roadshows will provide a drop-in environment for people to come along to and speak with clinicians and other NHS staff about the proposed changes and find out more about the new models of care.
These will be followed with public meetings throughout the consultation period – where clinicians and managers will present information about the proposed changes. A full programme of consultation and engagement events will be published shortly.
*The Eastern locality of Devon includes Exeter, East Devon, Mid Devon and parts of West Devon including Okehampton.
Information about the consultation will be available on the NEW Devon CCG website, under Your Future Care here.