Over 100 clinicians, health professionals, patient representatives and members of the voluntary sector came together last night to help plan the way forward for health services for patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales.
The “Clinical Reference Group” concentrated on developing plans for transforming hospital, primary and community based services.
Afterwards Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG said: “ It was a brilliant meeting, bringing together many partners, with lots of enthusiasm and giving us clear steps to go forward.”
The meeting re-established some of the basic principles behind the NHS Future Fit programme. These included:
• “Home is normal” for care
• An emphasis on prevention
• Acute outcomes for patients are better when services are specialised and centralised
• Doing nothing not being an option
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG said: “There was a well balanced mix of reality, honest challenge, passion and energy and everyone who attended made a valuable contribution.”
Dr Edwin Borman, Medical Director for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) said: “We all want the safest possible care for local patients and the Clinical Group confirmed that Future Fit principles are the best way of achieving that."
Feedback from the event will be considered soon by the Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).