Still time to share your views on the future of health and care

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017

Local people are being encouraged to share their ideas and views on the future of health and care in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes before the end of March.

Since the launch of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan (BLMK STP), our doctors, nurses and other clinical staff have been working closely together to identify some key areas where they feel focus and change are needed in order to deliver high quality, sustainable hospital-based care for local people.

A discussion paper, called ‘Seeking your views on transforming health and care in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes’, summarises this initial thinking and also presents some specific ideas that are being considered to help address the challenges facing our local hospitals.

At this early stage we are keen to see what local people think of these ideas so we can incorporate public and patient views into our plans as they develop.

Members of the public and health and social care staff have been sharing their feedback on the discussion paper throughout the engagement period so far. We have had conversations with over 300 people at our public and staff engagement events and received over 250 completed questionnaires, including online and postal.

The discussion paper is available here and invites feedback either by post, online or email by 31 March 2017. The slide-deck presented at the public engagement events is also available at the here: STP presentation March 2017

All the views gathered will be collated into a ‘What we’ve heard so far…” document that will inform a ‘Case for Change’.

The ‘Case for Change’, which will also take into account initial feedback gathered on the STP, will be published in May 2017 and will include the latest thinking around potential solutions for the significant challenges facing health and social care in the region.

No decisions have yet been made about how the BLMK STP will transform health and social care for the better, and this is a chance for local people to influence, inform and shape plans for the area.

Should any major service changes or decisions that impact staff and patients be proposed as part of this process, we will consult with local people in order to reach the best outcomes for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.