Public consultation on Midlothian health partnership

Midlothian residents are being asked to give their views on how health and social care services can be improved.

New legislation announced by Scottish Government in April has led to Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian joining forces to deliver health and social care services.

 

The plans are progressing well and the Partnership is now asking the public, carers and patients to have their say on what health and social care issues are most important to people and how care can be improved across Midlothian.

 

A summary of the key health and social care issues has been produced and the Council and NHS partnership now need help from the public to understand what is working and what could be better in providing services in Midlothian.

 

The consultation runs from Monday 30 June to Monday 15 September and is available online here: http://bit.ly/1q9B9XK

The consultation is seeking views on primary care services, including GPs and community nursing services, as well as feedback on how best to support people with long-term conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

 

The survey is also looking for suggestions on making better use of hospitals, housing issues and supporting people with disabilities and older people within the local community.

 

 Other questions covered in the consultation, include how mental health services [CH1] could be improved, how to promote wellbeing, prevent drug and alcohol misuse, support people with autism and how best the partnership can work with carers.

 
Councillor Catherine Johnstone, cabinet member for health and social care, said:“This is a wide-ranging consultation covering a lot of subjects on our health and social care provision within Midlothian. It’s important we get people’s views so that we know what we need to focus on locally. I would encourage everyone, to log on and give us their views as the new partnership aims to help people stay fit and healthy and make sure people are cared for better.”
Eibhlin McHugh, Joint Director of Health and Social Care, said:​"We want everyone to enjoy longer, healthier and fulfilling lives at home or somewhere homely. We know that, to do this, our health and social care services must be fully joined up and patients and their carers have a say in the decisions that affect them. This consultation is a great opportunity to start this process and I am hoping the people of Midlothian take the opportunity to tell us what they think.”
 

Results from the consultation will be used to help create a Strategic Commissioning Plan for health and care services for adults over the period 2015-2018. 

The health and social care partnership are having discussions with community groups over the next two months to gather people's views and ideas. If you would be interested in coming to a meeting to discuss these issues, or if you would like to invite us to come to your group, please contact Tom Welsh on 0131 271 3671 or tom.welsh@midlothian.gov.uk.

30/06/2014