The first in a series of events to consult residents about plans to improve local health and care services took place at Brent Civic Centre earlier this week. Attendees heard why there is a need to transform the health and care system as more people are living longer and, as a result, have more complex health and care needs; both NHS and social care budgets do not meet demand; and too many people are receiving care in the wrong place at the wrong time which can mean a poor and more expensive service. Attendees agreed more should be done to promote well-being and independence.
The NHS and councils across North West London are working together to provide an even better health and care system for the area's two million residents.
To do this a Sustainability and Transformation Plan is being developed which is one of 44 across England. The five key areas which are being explored to improve services across North West London over the next five years include:
- Preventing ill health
- Long term care
- Care for over 65s
- Mental health
- Quality of care.
Speaking at the event Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing said: "We want to make our local plans the most open in the country. We are one of only two areas out of 44 nationally to publish our draft plan and will continue to consult with residents throughout the process. Our aim is to make every contact count and drastically improve the current health and care offer in Brent with your support.
"We will be out and about in Wembley, Kingsbury and at Central Middlesex Hospital in the coming weeks to speak to residents further."
Dr Ethie Kong, Chair of Brent CCG, said: "The event was a fantastic opportunity to hear your views about our plans to transform the health and care system in the borough. We are committed to working with Brent Council and the community to meet the new challenges the NHS faces going forward. Our plan will make health services work in a sustainable and efficient way that best fits residents' needs."
You can also use the online feedback tool to tell us what you think too.
*Currently, six of the eight boroughs, including Brent Council, have signed up to the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan and the NHS in North West London continues to work closely with all boroughs.