Over six months in 2017, Brighton and Hove residents helped to shape health and social care for the city by sharing their feedback, and experiences on local services in the Big Health and Care Conversation. This was the largest period of public engagement ever experienced in the city, with nearly 2,800 conversations taking place. We collected a rich and diverse range of comments, views, experiences and suggestions for change which has helped to influence how we work today and in the future. Attached is the report from last year’s engagement.
We held engagement events, and spoke with different communities, and ran a series of regular “roadshows” across the city to get the views of as many people as possible. We also ran a social media campaign and holding the “Big Health and Care Survey” that aims to gather ideas and feedback from people who we have not been able to speak with face-to-face.
The Big Health and Care Conversation built on previous feedback we have had from our patients, carers and the public, and will ensure that people’s views and experiences are heard, acted on and help shape the way health and care is planned and delivered now and in years to come.
Our local plans for health and care are part of the wider Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
You can find information about the work we have done in the documents below, and in the Big Health and Care Conversation Update Report on the Reporting page.
The final report, “The Big Health and Care Conversation – You Said, We Did”, which you can find in the table below, outlines the conversations we had, informs about the work we are already doing (“We have”) and highlights our commitment to using the feedback to change and improve services (“We will”).
The conversations are not stopping there and we are now aiming to go out further into our community to talk to local people about what matters to them and our plans and priorities for the future. Please check out our Events page for future Big Health and Care Conversation events.
The NHS is currently facing significant financial pressures and is required to make £50m of savings across the Alliance Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) by the end of the financial year. The Alliance CCGs consist of Brighton & Hove, High Weald Lewes Havens, Crawley, Horsham & Mid Sussex and East Surrey. This will be a significant challenge and will involve difficult decisions having to be made about some services that are not considered cost effective. As the local organisations responsible for buying (“commissioning”) services, the Alliance CCGs have made a commitment to being open, honest and transparent with our patients, public and stakeholders about the financial situation and the decisions that will be made to meet our financial requirements.
As part of this, we are holding a number of drop-in sessions across the city which will give members of the public the opportunity to come along and to ask us any questions you may have around finances or to discuss in more detail what it will mean for people of Brighton and Hove. You can find details on the Events page.
You and Your NHS Case Study
Right Here, a local health and wellbeing group for young people, made a short film at the You and Your NHS event, which focused on what is important to young people about the NHS and the healthcare they recieve.
You can find the You and Your NHS Case Study Report in the table below