Shaping a Healthier Future – Together

Last year, health and care organisations across Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire became an Integrated Care System (ICS) taking collective responsibility for the health and wellbeing of the local population. Find out more on our About Us page.

In 2019 BSW Clinical Commissioning Group (BSW CCG) worked with partners, staff and members of the public to set out the priorities for the delivery of health and care services – these plans were published in early 2020, and took into account the community review work, Your Care, Your Way, which was undertaken in 2017-2019.

We want to review 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 help us in our journey to recovery from Covid.

Alongside the refresh of our system-wide health and care model, the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) has the opportunity later this year 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.

We won’t make decisions for you – without you

RUH have already begun to engage with its staff and some of the people who receive care from the hospital, but over the coming months, BSW CCG together with RUH and other members of the BSW Partnership, will start working more widely with partners, patients, their families and carers, and our local communities, to design and develop these new ways of working, and help create a world-class health and care system and ensure a healthier local population.

The first phase of this combined programme of work – Shaping a Healthier Future – will cover Bath and North-East Somerset and other areas that are within the RUH catchment including Mendip and North Wiltshire.

Shaping a Healthier Future – vision and aims

Creating a new future of outstanding health and care with prevention at its core and intervention, when and where it is needed, working together to help our communities enjoy healthier lifestyles.

Our ambition will be to:

  • have facilities and services that are fit for purpose;
  • improve people’s overall health and wellbeing;
  • address health inequalities and support an ageing population;
  • empower our population to receive the care they need in the way they want it; and
  • help our communities live healthier lives before they need to receive care.

With the above in mind, we have drawn up a set of principles that will underpin everything we do and help shape how we design services. These principals are:

  1. We will work as one system, with equality of care between health and social care – including mental and physical wellbeing.
  2. We will focus on health and wellbeing and this means prevention first.
  3. We will design care with and around the individual.
  4. Wherever possible, we will support people to receive care at or close to home.
  5. We are digital by default, whilst ensuring equality of access for all.
  6. We have a flexible workforce that operates in multidisciplinary teams beyond organisational boundaries.
  7. We provide services 7-days a week.

Please help us Shape a Healthier Future and get involved

We need your experience and input from the beginning and at every stage of this process.

Your feedback will help shape priorities and provide valuable information to the future of care in Shaping a Healthier Future.

In the coming weeks we will be running a series of workshops and roadshows to talk about our future ambitions – we’ll be promoting these dates through our Events page and social media channels as well as via newsletters and partner communications.

Since March we’ve been working with clinicians, staff, patients and carers to gather feedback and comments on Shaping a Healthier Future’s principles, as well as to gather insight and user experience of our health and care services. We now want to expand this work into the wider community to allow our local population to get involved. Visit the Get Involved section of our website for more information on how you can do so.

Thank you in advance for your participation and we look forward to working with you in Shaping a Healthier FutureTogether.