Join East Surrey’s Big Health and Care Conversation

You're invited to the Big Health and Care Conversation event, to talk about what matters to you in health and care in East Surrey.

When: 31 August, 1.30-4.30pm. 

Where: Nutfield Lodge, Nutfield Road, Redhill RH1 4ED.

If you're not able to attend the event, you can take part in our online survey instead available at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BHCCES

NHS East Surrey CCG is hosting the Big Health and Care Conversation to get the views and experiences of as many local people as possible about what matters most to you in health and care and how you can help shape and transform services in the future.

Attendees at the events will have the chance to meet our commissioners and clinical leaders to discuss our priorities, including mental health, primary and urgent care, and frailty. In addition, there will be an opportunity to hear about and discuss the regional Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and the unprecedented financial challenges facing us. Across the local area the majority of health and care services are facing significant challenges to meet growing demand as people live for longer and with increasingly complex needs. There are a number of ways in which we are working to improve the experience of patients – but much of what we are currently facing can only be addressed by changing the way we work.

The conversation will continue throughout the summer, when we will be out and about across our communities talking with as many different people as possible.

Dr Elango Vijaykumar CCG Clinical Chair, said: “People are now living longer and with ever more complex health needs, which are making it more difficult to afford all the health and care services the NHS currently pays for.”

Across central Sussex and East Surrey, local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) - responsible for buying and planning health services for their local populations - must save £50 million this year.

“It is, therefore, clear that we cannot carry on as we are and we need to change how we work,” added Dr Vijaykumar. “We must make sure we do not carry on spending more money than we have and this is something we take very seriously. There is a gap between what the NHS can afford and the amount it costs to deliver existing health and care services. Given the scale of what we face, we recognise we cannot do this on our own. We need the local health and care organisations, as well as our patients and public, to play an important role and to help ensure that the limited amount of resource we have is used in the best possible way.

“We must be as open and honest as possible about the difficult decisions we have to take around some services that are not considered to be cost effective. Our duty to involve and consult the public is a fundamental part of developing and improving health and care for local people in our communities.”

Please come along and talk with clinicians and commissioners about what really matters to you. Everyone is welcome, but we ask that you book as places are limited. If you are interested please click on the following link to book a place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-health-and-care-conversation-in-east-surrey-tickets-48267899587  or contact Carol on 07827253111 or email carol.rowley4@nhs.net