How can we make Norfolk and Waveney a healthier place to live? (July 2019)

Every day we make choices that affect our own health and wellbeing, and many of us spend time caring for other people too – our partners, children, parents and friends.

As a result, we all have lots of experiences of caring for others, and being cared for.

Your local NHS and care organisations are working together to plan for the future. We need you to turn all your experiences into good ideas about how we can improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Norfolk and Waveney.

We know that our health and wellbeing is affected by our own choices, our communities and where we live, the services provided by local and national government, voluntary organisations, businesses and others, not just on the NHS.

This is why we need your ideas about what all these organisations, and us as individuals, can to do differently to improve our health and wellbeing.

Your ideas might just save a life, so get involved and tell us what you want to see in our five year plan for health and care.

About us – the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership

We are a partnership of local health and care organisations working together to build healthier communities in Norfolk and Waveney. Our partnership includes local GP practices, hospitals, community care, social services and mental health teams, and together we provide services to more than a million people.

Visit our website to find out more about us: www.norfolkandwaveneypartnership.org.uk.

Here’s why we are working together in partnership:

Our health and care needs are changing

Our population is growing, people are generally living longer and the type of care that people need is changing. By 2030 we predict the population of Norfolk and Waveney will have risen to 1,094,000 and the largest increase will be in the over 75s – in 2030 there will be over 57,000 more people aged 75 and over living locally compared with 2015. All of this means that how we look after ourselves, and how health and care services work together to care for people, also needs to change.

Our services are under pressure

Our health and care services are under increasing pressure and need to adapt to our changing health and care needs. If we don’t do anything, the pressure on our services will only increase, we won’t have enough money or staff to keep caring for people in the same way we do now.

New technology is revolutionising our health and care

At the same time, new technology is changing what we can do to look after ourselves, as well as how health and care services can treat and support people. We need to make the most of the opportunities that new technology offers so that we can provide the type of care that people now need and to reduce the pressure on our services.

How you can help us develop our five year plan for health and care

We are developing a five year plan for health and care services in Norfolk and Waveney. Our plan will set-out how we will deliver the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan and our local priorities, including our Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

We know that people living in Norfolk and Waveney have lots of experience of NHS and care services, as well as of course looking after themselves and others. We want to make the most of all of our collective experiences and turn them into good ideas about how we can improve the health and wellbeing of people living and working locally.

So between 17 July and 27 August, we are asking the public to contribute their ideas for different sections of our plan. From how we can give children and young people the best start in life, through to supporting people to age well, from better managing long term conditions like diabetes and breathing problems, to preventing people from getting cancer.

You can share your views via online, as well as see and comment on other people’s ideas, by visiting: https://ingoodhealth.dialogue-app.com. We will be asking people about different sections of our plan each week online.

Your ideas will help us to develop our plan, which will be published in the autumn of 2019. Thank you for getting involved.