Shaping a Healthier Future – Together

In early 2020 we published the priorities for the delivery of health and care services but shortly afterwards had to focus our resources on responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are now returning to these plans in light of the learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic, testing whether our health and care model is still the right one or whether we need to make any changes. Covid has sped up the collaboration between services and we have adopted a number of new ways of working in order to continue caring for local people and keeping them and our workforce safe.

With these new changes, and with your help, we need to review and refresh the guiding principles for our health and care model and ensure it meets the future needs of our population and helps us in our journey of recovery from Covid.

Our health and care model will set out what we want health and care to be like for people in the next ten years and will provide a framework to ensure we take a coordinated approach to how we design and plan services across our partner organisations.

Alongside the refresh of our system-wide health and care model, the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) has the opportunity to bid for government funding to transform the way it delivers care. Some of this funding has already been confirmed with the Dyson Cancer Centre now formally approved to proceed. Further funding will be needed to support the future BSW model of care which will focus on greater integration, a person-centred approach and care closer to home. The outcomes from our Shaping a Healthier Future engagement will be used to support the RUH with its bid for government funding. Therefore our engagement activity will cover Mendip and South Gloucestershire that are within the RUH catchment area.


Please help us Shape a Healthier Future and get involved

Our Shaping a Healthier Future public engagement period has now closed. We want to thank everyone who took the time to complete our survey or attend an interview, workshop or presentation and gave us their feedback on our health and care model. We have received over 800 survey responses and held 51 events where we engaged with over 1,207 people across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. We talked to and heard the views of patients and members of the public, staff and volunteers from the VCSE sector, health and care services and many others. A summary of the feedback collected during our public engagement will be made available on our website in January 2022.

We will now use the feedback we have collected to adjust our health and care model and next year we will carry on these conversations with communities locally to look in further detail about how our plans could work where you live.

Resources for partners

Click the links below to download Shaping a Healthier Future resources

Survey leaflet   -   Survey poster

Engagement leaflet   -   Engagement poster