Health and care proposals need public feedback
People in Oxfordshire are being asked for their views on a set of proposed priorities to support improved health and wellbeing across the county.
The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire (BOB) Integrated Care Partnership’s (ICP) vision for the nearly two million people who live in the area is to have the best possible start in life, to live happier, healthier lives for longer, and to get the right support when they need it.
To achieve its vision, the ICP, which Oxfordshire County Council is a member of, has developed a draft strategy which proposes a common set of priorities that partners will work on together.
Councillor Mark Lygo, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Equalities, said: “It’s hugely important that we hear the views of everybody to help appropriately shape the partnerships priorities. By ensuring we can agree on a common set of priorities, we can help to ensure that everyone can have the best possible start in life, and live happier, healthier lives for longer.”
Representatives from across the health and care systems have collaborated with partner organisations, the voluntary sector and other stakeholders to understand their ambitions as a foundation for the strategy.
The draft strategy proposes these sets of priorities:
- Promoting and protecting health – to support people to stay healthy, protect people from health hazards and prevent ill-health.
- Start Well – to help children achieve the best start in life.
- Live Well – to support people and communities to stay healthy for as long as possible.
- Age Well – to support older people to live healthier, independent lives for longer.
- Improving quality and access to services – to help people access services at the right place and right time.
The feedback will be published early next year and the ICP will continue to engage with stakeholders and the public as the strategy progresses to ensure it considers public views and patient experience as it develops ideas for new ways of providing care.
- The BOB ICP is a collaboration of organisations which plan and provide health and care services for two million people who live and work in the local authority areas of Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire, West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham (the latter three authorities under the umbrella of ‘Berkshire West’).
- Members include local authorities. local NHS organisations and GPs, public health, Healthwatch, care providers, the voluntary sector, the Oxford Academic Health Science Network and other research partners.
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