Give views on future health priorities

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People living and working across Northumberland are being asked to share their views on future health and care priorities by completing an online survey launched earlier this week.

Northumberland County Council and NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working together to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the county’s residents and reduce inequalities over the next 10 years.

Health and care leaders from the Health and Wellbeing Board, working with wider stakeholders, have drafted a new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the county. This explains what health and wellbeing priorities the board has set in order to tackle the county’s health needs.

Rather than taking action on everything at once, it sets priorities for joint action with the aim of making a real impact on people’s lives.

The draft document has identified four key themes: Giving all children and young people the best start in life; empowering people and communities; tackling some of the wider contributing factors of health; adopting a whole system approach to health and care.

The council and the CCG are keen to engage with the people of Northumberland to hear their thoughts and feelings about their ideas.

The online survey is available at www.northumberland.gov.uk/Care/Health.aspx and people have until Friday, September 7, to complete it.

Members of GP Practice Patient Participation Groups and the community and voluntary sector will also have an opportunity to comment on the draft strategy at a number of engagement events that are being held across the county in August. Full information on the events can be found at the same link.