Happier, healthier, lives is what health and social care leaders want for Bucks residents.
Buckinghamshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, consisting of members from the NHS, council and voluntary sector, are refreshing plans for 2021-2023 and want to know if they have got their priorities right.
In brief, the refreshed priorities agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board, are:
- Start well – support all children to reach their potential in school, further education and employment. Support families to make healthy lifestyle choices.
- Live well – tackle health inequalities, focus on mental health and find better ways to plan and shape communities so people can be supported.
- Age well – support active ageing, prevent social isolation and loneliness, prevent ill health and disability among older people.
The Health and Wellbeing Board is responsible for understanding the health and social care needs in Bucks – and using this information to plan how they will improve health and wellbeing.
Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, said: ‘Compared to the rest of England our residents continue to enjoy good health and access to high quality health and care services. But we know this is not experienced by everyone. We are seeking to address this with our refreshed priorities.
‘Although supporting people and communities through the effects of COVID-19 remains a priority, we want to look beyond this at improving health and wellbeing for everyone.
‘We will be focusing very much on the health inequalities experienced at all stages of life and in all settings.
‘We know, for example, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds often suffer the worst health. Likewise people with mental health problems often have poorer physical health.
‘Research tells us that the answer is identifying or preventing health problems at the earliest opportunity, and making sure the health and social care system can collectively respond at the right time.
‘We believe Start Well, Live Well, Age Well focuses support and services in the right areas – but it is important to get views from residents, service users, patients and people working in health and social care – after all it is their health and wellbeing that matters.’
To find out more and to give your views using the online survey, go to Your Voice Bucks.
Full details of the priorities, why they were chosen and how the Health and Wellbeing Board will address them can be found in ‘Happier, healthier lives – what’s your view?’
People have until October 14 to complete the survey. Alternatively they can submit views by email to [email protected] or call 01296 382 043.