Staff and volunteers from Healthwatch Somerset have been involved in talks around the new Somerset Health and Care Strategy.

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) organised a one-day workshop in July at St Gregory Village Hall to hear the views of the public and voluntary groups about its 10 year health and care strategy.

Emily Taylor, Manager at Healthwatch Somerset, said about the event: “It was clear that a lot of people in the room felt that they had done similar events previously to no avail, but we have been assured that this time will be different. I was pleased that further context was shared about all six workstreams”.

The workshop introduced the six main areas of work Somerset CCG will be focusing on over the next ten years: Mental Health and Learning Disabilities; Urgent and Emergency Care; Children’s and Maternity Care; Planned Care; Proactive Management of Long Term Conditions and Frailty and Health and Wellbeing.

In September, Somerset CCG will launch a comprehensive public engagement programme to seek the views of patients, carers and other people who use services, the voluntary sector and local communities, including groups seldom heard from.

Healthwatch Somerset will be working alongside Somerset CCG to hear the views from a large and diverse range of Somerset residents. Formal public consultation on the strategy will then take place in the first half of 2019. Any further updates will be shared through the Healthwatch Somerset website and social media channels.

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