Public consultation on local community services
November 5, 2013
The aim will be to understand what community services the public needs so that the South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) can produce a strategy for the future of community services and so that a clear plan for improving health and social services can be drawn up over the next five years.
Among the topics for discussion are GP services, community nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social care services such as night sitters, home carers and personal care, community hospitals and services for carers.
WHY ARE WE ASKING YOU TO GIVE YOUR OPINIONS NOW?
People are living longer, which is a good thing. It also means that in the years ahead, we will have increasing numbers of older people dependent on care for longer. Growing numbers of people will, also, have several long-term illnesses and increasingly complex needs.
The budget for health and social care is not going to increase but demand on our services will be rising sharply. The gap between people’s needs and the money available is getting wider. So we will have to do things differently. We need bold ideas. We know we can do more to prevent ill health, and people can take more responsibility and control of their own care. We need to make the best and most efficient use of all our resources and make sure our community services are used to best meet people’s needs.
Local GPs, Devon County Council, Torbay Council, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust, district councils and local community groups are working with the CCG to organise these meetings. The CCG has five localities, of which one named 'Moor to Sea' covers rural areas and smaller towns in Teignbridge and South Hams and includes Bovey Tracey and the Bovey Tracey meeting will be one of nine relating to services in that locality.
All are invited to the meeting; no booking is required. If you would like to attend but cannot make the 5 November date, the nearest alternative venues will be Chudleigh Town Hall (28 October) or Ashburton Town Hall (20 November), both 6.30 - 8.30pm.
For further information, visit the CCG website or email Laura Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
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