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Better for You, Better for Devon – launch of Devon’s Long Term Plan engagement

Posted on July 18th, 2019

Devon is developing a local version of the national NHS Long Term Plan, called Better for you, Better for Devon. The plan will make sure we are fit for the future, providing high-quality care and better health outcomes for people and their families, through every stage of life.

Now here in Devon, we are starting an eight-week period of engagement (from 11 July to 5 September 2019) to develop our own Long Term Plan, Better for You, Better for Devon. The plan will focus on improving people’s health and mental health, and supporting people to stay well.

The challenges we face

Part of the conversation will centre on the big challenges we face, as these will influence the future of health and care:

  • Medical advances mean people are living longer – something we celebrate. But people now often live with multiple illnesses, such as cancer, heart problems and type 2 diabetes. We need to ensure services can provide what they need
  • Preventable illnesses like type 2 diabetes are increasing, and the amount of time people live in good health has been decreasing since 2012
  • Vital health and care jobs remain unfilled – 1 in 10 nurse jobs and 1 in 12 social worker posts in Devon remain vacant as demand for services increase. There is a shortage of people to undertake these roles
  • There have been increases in NHS funding, but peoples’ needs for services are growing faster
  • Devon’s population is growing and is expected to rise by about 33,000 people – equivalent to the population of Exmouth – over the next five years.

This will see us strengthening prevention to support people to live healthier lives, supporting GP and community services to intervene early to support local people, enhancing services to help children, young people and adults needing mental health support, and having high-quality, efficient hospital services in the right place when people need them.

 

We will work more closely with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, charities and the broader social care sector to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

 

To ensure we get really good detailed feedback, the majority of the engagement exercise will be delivered by local councils and NHS organisations, and will be based on local priorities. This will involve focus groups, face-to-face discussions and surveys.

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