Have your say on your health and wellbeing priorities for Buckinghamshire

Health and Wellbeing Board launches countywide survey.

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 11:48 am
Happier, Healthier Lives - What's Your View?

Buckinghamshire's Health and Wellbeing Board is refreshing plans for 2021-2023 and wants to know if it's got its priorities right.

The board, made up of members from the NHS, the council and the voluntary sector, is responsible for understanding the health and social care needs in Bucks - and using this information to plan how they will improve our health and wellbeing.

In brief, the refreshed priorities agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board, are:

Start Well - support all children to reach their potential in school, further education and employment. Support families to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Live Well - tackle health inequalities, focus on mental health and find better ways to plan and shape communities so people can be supported.

Age Well - support active ageing, prevent social isolation and loneliness, prevent ill health and disability among older people.

Gareth Williams, cabinet member for communities and public health, said: "Compared to the rest of England, our residents continue to enjoy good health and access to high-quality health and care services. But we know this is not experienced by everyone. We are seeking to address this with our refreshed priorities.

"Although supporting people and communities through the effects of Covid-19 remains a priority, we want to look beyond this at improving health and wellbeing for everyone. We will be focusing very much on the health inequalities experienced at all stages of life and in all settings. We know, for example, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic [BAME] backgrounds often suffer the worst health. Likewise people with mental health problems often have poorer physical health.

"Research tells us that the answer is identifying or preventing health problems at the earliest opportunity, and making sure the health and social care system can collectively respond at the right time.

"We believe Start Well, Live Well, Age Well focuses support and services in the right areas - but it is important to get views from residents, service users, patients and people working in health and social care - after all it is their health and wellbeing that matters."

To find out more and to give your views using the online survey, go to yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com

Full details of the priorities, why they were chosen and how the Health and Wellbeing Board will address them can be found in 'Happier, healthier lives - what's your view?'

The survey runs until October 14.

Alternatively, you can submit your views by email to [email protected] or call 01296 382043