Event delegates vote on questions about local health

Around 90 Northamptonshire residents and health and care professionals set out their big ideas for the future of our county during a successful community engagement event hosted jointly by NHCP and Healthwatch Northamptonshire.

The event at the Park Inn in Northampton on Thursday 2 May gave local people the chance to have their say on the current state of our health and care services – and talk about how we can work together to ensure they are fit for the future.

Host David Jones, chair of Healthwatch Northamptonshire, began the day by introducing presentations from key local health and care leaders.

They described how organisations are working in partnership towards a positive lifetime of health, wellbeing and care in our community, and explained why the NHS Long Term Plan must inform our planning at local level.

This led into a series of highly engaging and productive workshop sessions, where delegates discussed their experiences of local NHS and social care services and suggestions for ways they could be improved.

These discussions were then developed into headline ‘big ideas’ on how we can be supported to choose well,

A collaborative artwork takes shape

stay well and live well in Northamptonshire. There was a particular focus through the day on supporting people to age well, on care at community level, on mental health and on long-term conditions.