Health bosses in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire are admitting budget cuts could make it harder to deliver good care in future.
The local Care Commissioning Group’s currently consulting with the public how the NHS in the area should look in future.
Here are details of the consultation…
Find out about and give your views on the challenges local health services are facing at one of five Saturday Cafés this summer.
The Fit for the Future Shaping Local NHS Services cafés are being held across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Drop in and help yourself to tea, coffee and light refreshments, chat with members of the local NHS System Transformation Programme team, leaf your thoughts on the View Tree and complete a feedback form.
All cafés take place between 10am and 12noon on the following dates at the following locations:
- Saturday 27 June
Almoners Hall, Peterborough Cathedral, Minster Precincts, Peterborough, PE1 1XS
- Saturday 04 July
Wisbech Library, Ely Place, Wisbech, PE13 1EU
- Saturday 11 July
Commemoration Hall, 39 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3AQ
- Saturday 18 July
St Etheldreda Room, Cathedral Centre, Palace Green, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EW
- Saturday 25 July
Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3XJ.
The cafés are part of the local NHS System Transformation Programme, which involves NHS organisations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, alongside Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and local Healthwatch organisations.
Together, these organisations are considering the pressures and issues that face health and related care services in order to build NHS services that are fit for the future.
System Transformation Programme Director Dr Fiona Head said: We want to share what we know about our health system, the issues we believe we are facing, including increasing demand and changing health needs.
“We want to know what is important to you as we look at how we might develop services in the future.
The programme is looking at the whole of the healthcare system, focussing on mental health services, children s healthcare, maternity services, emergency and urgent care, planned care and services delivered through GP surgeries.
Dr Neil Modha, Chief Clinical Officer of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough s health economy has been identified as one of England s 11 most challenged health economies.
Money is short and if we do not change our health system substantially, then we face a funding shortfall of at least £250 million by 2019. This will make it harder to deliver good quality care for everyone who needs it.
“We have joined together with providers of local hospital and community services to look at how they can work together to tackle the financial and demand pressures into the future.
“We want to hear you views on how we can do this together.”
If you cannot come to a Saturday Café, why not invite someone from the NHS System Transformation Team to come to talk with your community group or organisation.
Alternatively join the System Transformation Public Involvement Assembly a patient/public forum dedicated to encouraging patient and public engagement in shaping future local NHS services.
Contact Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group s Engagement Team on 01223 725304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
More information about the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough System Transformation Programme can be found on the CCG s website at www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk Click on the System Transformation link on the homepage.