My favourite quote about the NHS comes from the NHS Constitution.
It starts with the cue that ‘the NHS belongs to the people’ and goes on to remind us what it’s there for – “to improve our health and wellbeing, supporting us to keep mentally and physically well, to get better when we are ill and, when we cannot fully recover, help us to stay as well as we can to the end of our lives.”
When I talk to people, that’s how they see the NHS, one big ‘thing’ that covers everything they need, when they need it. They have a right to expect that we’re all working together to provide them with the right care, in the right place, at the right time. Care that crosses the boundaries they can’t see, so it’s seamless and without problems.
We all know that this doesn’t always happen and patients all over the country find that different services don’t always work in a joined up way. It can mean they stay in hospital for longer than necessary, or they wait for the next stage of their care to start. It’s a challenge everyone in the NHS needs to get to grips with.
That’s why this is an exciting time to be involved in health and care services in North Derbyshire.
The Royal together with all of North Derbyshire’s health and social care organisations are working together to transform your services for the better.
We’ve called it #JoinedUpCare and it’s going to be big! It means coming up with solutions that help to keep people out of hospital, unless they absolutely need to be there. It means more care at home, or closer to home and services that are designed to meet your needs.
Over the next few months staff from the Royal and all of North Derbyshire’s health and social care organisations will be getting out and about to meet local people – to tell you the #JoinedUpCare story.
We want to involve as many North Derbyshire people as we can in re-designing local services.