Every few years, our local Council’s produce a Health and Wellbeing Strategy jointly with NHS colleagues to set out priorities for local people and enable commissioners to plan integrated services that meet the needs of the whole local community. Covid has meant that identifying the future local priorities for residents is more important than ever.
This year, an ambitious ten-year Health and Wellbeing Strategy is being drawn up to cover the whole Berkshire West patch - Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire. This is because they have similar populations with people working and socialising in different boroughs from where they live, and they share NHS services.
A lot of work has already taken place to gather data on local priorities in each of the boroughs, and the prioritisation process is due to start shortly, with the aim of publishing the final document early next year.
Covid has affected the way engagement with local people and key stakeholders can be carried out, but it’s still vital to hear the views of local people. It’s particularly important that people from the BAME community, vulnerable residents and those whose voices may not have previously been heard in discussions like this feel included and able to have their say.
Please take a little time to have a look at the survey (below). The responses will shape a wider public consultation in the autumn.