Forth Valley health chiefs seeking public’s views

Forth Valley NHS chief executive Jane Grant wants public to participate
Forth Valley NHS chief executive Jane Grant wants public to participate

Health bosses are planning a new healthcare strategy for the next five years - and want the public to help make it work.

The success of the Clinical Service Review being tackled by NHS Forth Valley will depend on patients, carers and voluntary organisations having their say on how services should be delivered.

Their input on what matters most to them will shape plans and priorities for the five years between 2015 and 2020.

Each area will be led by a senior clinician and manager who will work closely with staff, patients, partners and community groups to agree the way ahead. Designing and delivering services to satisfy the needs of communities, keep pace with demand and meet the Scottish Government’s 2020 vision for healthcare are the goals.

It will take on board national policies, strategies and targets, service trends and best practice locally.

Chief executive Jane Grant said: “Major changes have been made to hospitals and healthcare facilities across Forth Valley over the last few years and we now need to look at the way we organise, deliver and develop our health services in the future to ensure we continue to meet the needs of local patients. As part of the review we want feedback and suggestions from as wide a range of patients, community groups and voluntary organisations as possible. It’s vital we listen to what they think about our existing services and how they would like to see them developed in the future.”

The review will run until April. Comments can be made using www.nhsforthvalley.com/shapingourfuture or emailing shapingourfuture@nhs.net