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Your views are welcomed to help shape the future of health and care in the borough of Kingston

People living in Kingston are being asked to share their views on a local health and care plan which has been developed for the borough.

The local NHS, Kingston Council and the voluntary sector have been working together to review the local community’s health and care needs and develop an action plan to improve services. 

Figures show that up to 21,000 adults living in the borough of Kingston have mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety. Ten percent of over 65s live alone, and this figure is rising. Feedback from the public, doctors and other healthcare staff has identified these as priority areas for improvement. 

It is also clear that health and care organisations must be more joined up and preventative, particularly in areas where no single organisation can make progress alone like improving mental health, helping to reduce loneliness and helping people to navigate the health and care system.

Following months of engagement with local people, health and care partners in Kingston have worked together to publish the Health and Care Plan ‘discussion document’, which covers the two-year period of 2019-21. It describes the vision, priorities and actions to meet the health and care needs of the people living in the borough. 

Dr Naz Jivani, CCG Chair and local GP, said: 

“In health and social care we face a number of challenges, including people living for longer, many with multiple long-term health conditions. Demand is increasing at a faster rate than available resources and we need to think differently about how we deliver care that meets people’s needs now and in the future. 

Our discussion document brings together health, social care and the voluntary sector and reflects the feedback from local people and healthcare professionals we have received over the last few years. 

We have strengthened our focus on partnership working, prevention and keeping people well and are now asking the Kingston population to share their views on our approach, which we have developed under three key areas; start well, live well and age well.”

Iona Lidington, Director of Public Health at Kingston Council, said:

“This is an important opportunity for residents to give their feedback on the priorities and actions set out in the Health and Care Plan. By bringing together the voluntary, health and social care sectors, and working in partnership with the community, we will improve the health and wellbeing of local people."

 

The discussion document is being shared with local people to check that they agree with the actions set out in the plan, under the priority areas listed below:

Start Well 

  • Maximise the mental wellbeing and resilience of children and young people
  • Improve the health of children and young people with a focus on tackling childhood obesity
  • Give children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities the opportunities to flourish and be independent

Live Well  

  • Support people to have good physical and mental health and prevent ill health
  • Support people to manage long-term conditions
  • Reduce health inequalities for people with poor health

Age Well

  • Maximise people’s independence and resilience to enable them to live well at home where that is their choice
  • Reduce loneliness and isolation for everyone particularly older people and their carers
  • Enable people to live the last years of their life well and end well

Please click here to provide feedback through a short survey, read the summary discussion document and the full discussion document.