Residents invited to help shape health and wellbeing priorities

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RESIDENTS are being invited to have their say on plans which will help shape how health improvement services are co-ordinated and delivered in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board has drawn up five broad priorities which people can comment on until the end of April, plus a chance for them to give their views on the full version of the plans over the summer.

Derbyshire County Council set up the board as part of national health reforms and one of its key tasks is to develop a Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Derbyshire which will guide its work, and that of many other organisations, over the next few years.

The first step has been to draft the key areas where partnership working between councils, the NHS and other agencies will have clear benefits.

They are:

l To improve children’s health and wellbeing, support vulnerable and disabled children and encourage the highest levels of literacy

l To reduce alcohol harm, obesity, smoking and sexual ill-health and promote healthy and active lifestyles

l To support independent living for residents with long-term conditions and their carers

l To improve mental health and provide increased access to mental health services

l To improve health and wellbeing for older people and promote independent living into old age

Chairman of Derbyshire Health and Wellbeing Board and county council Leader Councillor Andrew Lewer said: “We have used evidence and expertise within the board to draw up these draft priorities but want to hear from Derbyshire residents if they are a fair reflection of their views.

“This plan will shape the way health improvement services are delivered across Derbyshire over the next few years so would really appreciate people taking a few minutes to complete the questionnaire to ensure we are on the right track.”

The priorities will also be considered by a range of partnership organisations including district and borough councils, the health service and voluntary and community groups.

Residents have until April 22 to comment on the five priorities. Feedback will be considered to help the board draw up a full strategy which residents will have the chance to comment on over the summer before the final plan is published later this year.

Derbyshire Health and Wellbeing Board is made up of representatives from a range of organisations including local councils, the NHS and patients groups to ensure health services are coordinated and delivered effectively across Derbyshire.

Residents can get copies of the survey in any of our libraries, GP surgeries or complete it online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/healthpriorities.