Over 300 people came together to discuss the future of NHS provision in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin today.
Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS England, was guest speaker at the Call to Action Conference held at Telford International Centre.
He told a packed event that local people possess the power to help change NHS services and make them adapt for the future.
Dr Caron Morton, Chief Accountable Officer for Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:
The theme that ran throughout today was that there are real challenges facing the NHS locally, but also real opportunities. We need to develop a consensus about how we seize the opportunities and meet the challenges head-on.
Having so many people, including patient groups, the voluntary sector, local government representatives and clinicians come together to work like this has been invaluable.
Part of the agenda for the day was informed by the outcomes of a survey on health challenges and how to meet them conducted by the CCGs. There were over 2,600 responses.
David Evans, Chief Officer of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group said:
The survey and the conference have given us a vast amount of data on how local people feel about their NHS.
As commissioners we have choices to make. But we have a really powerful tool in the information we have gained about local needs, which are unique to our neighbouring areas.