Have your say on NHS Grampian's health plan priorities
Views and ideas are being welcomed on NHS Grampian's priorities for the next three years (April 2010- March 2013).
NHS Grampian is committed to involving and consulting widely and is launching the Grampian Health Plan (GHP) consultation document and questionnaire from this week.
"The Grampian Health Plan sets out our direction, challenges and priorities and is designed to support our large and complex organisation manage decision making, and the growing expectations from those we serve," says David Sullivan, Director of Planning.
"It is also about communicating to staff, the public and our partners, our vision, the challenges we face and our main priorities for us to improve health in Grampian and for those from elsewhere who access services. It is essential to know we are developing our work in full recognition of the concerns and interests of local people. Engaging the public in the GHP's development is particularly important, given the economic climate and the inevitable challenge this will present to the public sector in general.
"You can access our Grampian Health Plan Consultation Document online at the NHS Grampian website - click on our questionnaire to register your views or provide us with your views through one of the other ways, as outlined on our website."
The GHP Consultation Document has been developed with members of staff and the public. The document is linked to agreed strategic objectives and reflects national Health, Efficiency, Access and Treatment (HEAT) targets.
This document sets out why NHS Grampian requires a health plan, what NHS Grampian is all about, the challenges being faced, the main concerns raised over the last year, the proposed priorities and, importantly, how people can have their say about these.
The proposed priorities in the Consultation Document focus on five key areas:
- Improving health and reducing health inequalities
- Involving patients, carers, public, staff and partners towards mutuality *
- Delivering safe, effective and timely care in the right place
- Developing the workforce and empowering staff
- Getting the best for our resources
The questionnaire is one of several routes for inviting comments. There will also be seven public consultation meetings held around the North East which are published on the NHS Grampian website. In addition to this, staff sessions are planned to take place across NHS Grampian.
After collating and analysing all the views, the final version of the GHP will be produced and submitted to the NHS Grampian Board for approval in February 2010.
* Mutuality: when ownership and accountability is shared with the public and NHS staff