In recent editions of Partnership Update we have described how our county’s health and care organisations are working together to develop the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan.

This is our local response to the NHS Long Term Plan – incorporating a refreshed strategy for our county’s Health and Wellbeing Board – and sets out our commitment to work collaboratively towards our shared vision for a positive lifetime of health, wellbeing and care in our community.

During September our work on the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan has been stepped up considerably and the first draft of our still-developing document was submitted to NHS England / Improvement at the end of the month. We will now continue to work to ensure our plan delivers the changes the people of Northamptonshire really want to see, tackles the challenges facing our health and care services and builds on the progress we have already made together as a Partnership.

Lucy Wightman, director of public health for Northamptonshire and lead for the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan, said: “We want everyone to be able to live the healthiest life they can, whoever they are and wherever they live in our county. Our partnership work so far has recognised that we need to do things very differently if we are to achieve this aim – and this means working closely together to deliver the changes that people want to see.

“Although led by local clinicians, our many patients and service users, staff, carers stakeholders and partners have helped to inform this plan, our priorities and approach. Our plan makes clear why we need to work together, what we will do differently, and the improvements you will see as a result.”

Listening to your views through community engagement

Engaging with our communities is key to the development of the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan – because we cannot plan for the future of local health and care without listening to and understanding people’s experiences, priorities and aspirations.

Hundreds of people have already had their say by participating in a public survey launched in the last edition of Partnership Update, and which is now closed. We thank everyone who has shared their views with us in this way.

Earlier on in the year we teamed up with Healthwatch Northamptonshire to host a joint community engagement event inviting local people to discuss and share their Big Ideas for improving health and care services across the county. These Big Ideas are already being built into the work we are doing as a Partnership.

Now we are pleased to announce that we’ve published a full report detailing the discussions, feedback and outcomes from this successful event, as well as conversations with unpaid carers, people with longterm health conditions and the wider public through Healthwatch’s ‘What Would You Do’ campaign.

This document and our wider community engagement activity are helping us develop the Northamptonshire

Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan, ensuring the voices of our communities are heard as we work together towards a positive lifetime of health, wellbeing and care in Northamptonshire.

You can read this report, together with a summary of our Big Ideas by visiting the NHCP website at Here you’ll also find a video recap of our successful engagement event as well as a brand new Big Ideas animation.

And the conversations certainly don’t stop here! We will continue to provide opportunities for local people to have their say and get involved in our work to improve health and care services. If you want to be a part of this visit

Involving young people in our conversations

NHCP’s communications and engagement team visited Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire to discuss their views about local health and care services. During the interactive session, the young people set out their own priorities for the future, had their say on ways we can engage with Northamptonshire’s younger residents in the future, and were encouraged to participate in our public survey. These conversations are contributing towards shaping the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan as part of our wider community engagement activity.

This work responds to the ‘Engagement’ category of our community’s Big Ideas for the future of local health and care