Health care blueprint

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Have your say

HIGH Peak residents are being invited to have their say on plans which will help shape how health improvement services are co-ordinated and delivered in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board has drawn up five broad priorities for locals to comment on.

Derbyshire County Council (DCC) has set up the board as part of national health reforms and one of its key tasks is to develop a Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Derbyshire.

The first step has been to draft the key areas where partnership working between councils, the NHS and other agencies will have clear benefits. They are:

lTo improve children’s health and wellbeing, support vulnerable and disabled children and encourage the highest levels of literacy

lTo reduce alcohol harm, obesity, smoking and sexual ill-health and promote healthy and active lifestyles

lTo support independent living for residents with long-term conditions and their carers

lTo improve mental health and provide increased access to mental health services

lTo improve health and wellbeing for older people and promote independent living into old age.

Derbyshire l Residents have until April 22 to comment on the five priorities. Feedback will help the board draw up a full strategy which residents will have the chance to comment on over the summer before the final plan is published later this year.

Copies of the survey are available from any DCC library, GP surgeries or online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/healthpriorities.