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Since February 2012, the Healthier Together team has been researching and discussing the best way to deliver health services that meet the needs of the population of the South East Midlands both now and into the future.
We know that many services do not need to be delivered from hospitals and could be offered closer to people’s homes. Equally we know that for more complex and specialist procedures the best way to get improved results for our patients is to pool expertise and resources across the five local hospitals in Bedford, Kettering, Luton & Dunstable, Milton Keynes and Northampton.
Medically led, with patient input
More than 200 medical experts - hospital doctors, GPs, nurses and midwives - are involved in Healthier Together, working in six groups with patients and public representatives. They have been looking at the following services:
Long Term Conditions
Emergency and urgent care
Drawing on national and international best practice, the groups have developed draft reports that have been used to develop scenarios for how patients could benefit from better, safer treatment if services were reshaped. We have also taken into account feedback from more than 12,000 local people, patients, NHS staff and stakeholders who have come into direct contact with Healthier Together so far.
Where we are
The six clinical working groups are finalizing their reports and the programme board will approve these in March.
It is clear from the evidence gathered by these groups that, in order to deliver the best possible patient outcomes for a growing and ageing population, transformation is needed and this will rely on greater co-ordination between services. This will mean the development of pathways of care that integrate health services delivered in and out of hospital together with social services.
From April 1, five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will take responsibility for the planning and commissioning of health services in Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton. The CCGs are well placed, given their clinical expertise and knowledge of local services, patient experiences and community views to ensure that recommendations from the programme’s clinical and patient-led working groups are now translated into local public consultations.
We need your help
We've already spoken to more than 12,000 people, but there is still time for you to tell us what you think, so please take the time to let us know. We need your input to ensure we’ve thought of everything and are taking the best possible options forward into the consultation next year.