People in Richmond are being encouraged to attend an open Health and Care Forum to discuss the future of local health services. The Forum will take place on Thursday 2 March between 6:00pm and 9:00pm at Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham TW1 3AA.
All parts of the local NHS – hospital consultants, doctors, nurses, therapists, hospitals, mental health trusts, pharmacists and commissioners - have worked together and with local authority colleagues and members of the public on a draft Five Year Forward Plan to improve local health services and make them sustainable for the long term. A summary of the plan is available here.
During 2017, the NHS wants to build on many years of dialogue with local people in a new and wide-ranging 'conversation' across south west London, which is being called 'Talking Healthcare'.
As part of this initiative, independently-facilitated Health and Care Forums are being held in each of the six local boroughs.
Dr Graham Lewis, GP Chair of NHS Richmond CCG, said: "We want to explain the thinking behind our plan to local people and to get their views on some of the ideas that are being put forward.
"The Five Year Forward Plan is not a detailed blueprint – it's really a series of developing plans for how we might improve different areas of healthcare. Ideas are still being developed and considered and we want to build on the conversations we have been having with local people over several years.
"I'd encourage local residents and organisations to come along and get involved."
Unlike previous plans for the area, which were led by local commissioners, the Five Year Forward Plan is the product of unprecedented collaboration between all parts of the local NHS, working with colleagues in local councils and with members of the public represented on all clinical groups.
Health and care forum in Richmond