December 2015
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An Update of Programme Board
Community Fit
Hearing from You
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Welcome to the NHS Future Fit newsletter which gives you the latest information on the programme and opportunities to get involved.
Over the next few months the team will be out and about, talking and listening to different communities about the proposed new local healthcare system – in particular about the advantages of the proposed urban urgent care centres and single emergency centre.
The latest
NHS Future Fit's Programme Board met on 19 November for the first time since a decision on a preferred model of services was deferred on 1 October 2015.
The meeting saw NHS leaders get together with social care providers, patient representatives and other partners to agree a timeline for future decisions, including a preferred option for a clinical model of services in mid-2016.
Brigid Stacey, Acting Accountable Officer for Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and David Evans, Chief Officer of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group said: "These decisions will define the shape of healthcare for generations to come and they are not easy ones to make.
"This is why we firmly believe that patients, communities, partners and health services need enough time to consider them carefully so that the best decisions are made. We will ensure widespread engagement and consultation with our communities, listening to people about their hopes and anxieties and using that feedback to shape the future of the county’s health services."
There will be widespread engagement on the preferred clinical model of services from June 2016. This will be followed by detailed consultation from December 2016, which will lead to a decision on the preferred location of services by spring 2017 (subject to NHS and Government approvals).
An update on Programme Board
Discussions have been on-going with board members around the implications of the recent deferred decision on reaching a preferred option.  One of the issues identified is around the availability of resources or funding available to support the scheme being put into action, another is understanding how the consultation timetable will fit in with the deficit reduction plan. A new programme timeline has been developed which reflects this work.
The Board also heard about progress on the plans for rural urgent care and about how the work is progressing within Community Fit (more information on this is available in this newsletter).
Read more in the November Board Report 
Community Fit
Phase one of Community Fit is an innovative project which aims to pull together health and social care information. This will make sure services are better 'joined up' so that patients in the community end up with a better form of support for their needs, rather than each organisation only seeing their part of the picture.

The aim is to produce a better joined up picture by the end of March 2016.
Find out more about Community Fit 
Hearing from you!
It’s important that we hear from you and your views on the proposed plans – but more importantly we want to be clear with you on what the plans are, what this means for you and how you can get involved in discussions.  With that in mind, we are planning to be at a number of locations over the coming months – come visit us at our pop-up events (more information below) and learn more as well as sharing your views.
You can also contact us in a number of other ways:
Tel: 0300 3000 903 email:, or follow us on twitter @NHSFutureFit
Pop-up stands
The team will once again be visiting the Telford Shopping Centre and will be at the Pride Hill shopping Centre in Shrewsbury in January. As well as responding to questions from the public we will be giving you more information about the clinical model. We will also be visiting the community hospitals located around the county. The dates are listed below. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your views.
  • 20 January 9am – 5pm Telford Shopping Centre
  • 27 January 10am – 2pm Bridgnorth Community Hospital
  • 28 January 10am – 2pm Ludlow Community Hospital
  • 9 February 10am – 2pm Whitchurch Community Hospital
  • 10 February 10am – 2pm Bishops Castle Community Hospital
  • 16 February 9am – 5pm Pride Hill Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury

Get Involved

Your thoughts and experiences are key in helping the NHS Future Fit programme design a service which meets the needs of the local population and delivers the best service possible.

In order to do this we want to provide you with regular information and the opportunity to take part in locally run workshops which will help design and shape local healthcare.

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