DERBYSHIRE health bosses have outlined their vision for the way the NHS will operate locally in the future.
Nine possible principles the NHS will apply to patients in the future were outlined at a public meeting held in Buxton on Thursday June 14.
The principles include making sure no decision is made about a patient without the patient; helping people to help themselves; ensuring care is provided in the right place whether at hospital, home or an alternative venue, and responsible information sharing.
Local residents are being asked whether they agree with the principles, and if not, why not, as well as whether there are any additional prinicples they feel should be added to the list.
Feedback received during the consultation will be incorporated into the principles so far and locals will be asked to take part in a second round of engagement later in the year.
Outlining the challenges facing the NHS, Jackie Pendleton, Chief Operating Officer of North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, who are set to take control of local NHS budgets from April, said:
“In the next 15 years, the number of people living to over 85 is going to go from 19,000 to over 30,000 in Derbyshire so that is a significant increase.
“While the NHS is relatively protected, we get a tiny increase (in funding) each year. This year it was something like 0.01 per cent.
“When we look at the additional demands an ageing population puts on us, we need to save a significant amount of money.
“The NHS nationally needs to save £20 billion. We have a budget of £1.6 billion across Derbyshire including Derby City, and our share of that is £260 million over the next five years.
“Our estates in general are not of good quality.
“We’ve got a lot of premises, whether it’s GP surgeries, health centres or community hospitals, that are not fit for purpose in terms of the way we need to deliver services in the future.
“We’ve seen a really high increase in the number of young men turning up at A&E who want something their GP could give them but they don’t want to wait, they want it now. More and more people are expecting services 24/7.”
And explaining the principles and vision for the future, she added: “Being in hospital is not a good place to be unless you really need hi-tech support.
“If you need to go to hospital, you will always go to hospital.
“We want to achieve the right care in the right place. We really need to move away from a bed-based model of care.”
Get involved in local consultation
The nine principles, plus background information and supporting case studies, are available in full by visiting www.derbycitypct.nhs.uk/UserFiles/Documents/content/21st-century-healthcare-document.pdf.
The consultation document and questionnaire is also available by calling 01332 868732.
Responses need to be received by NHS Derbyshire County by June 30.
Once all of the questionnaires and responses have been collected and collated, the health trust will feedback their findings before conducting a second round of consultation later in the year.