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.

Our health and care model has been revised to reflect the feedback from the public surveys held throughout November and December 2021.  The updated health and care model captures a range of findings and sets out what the health and care to be like for people in the next ten years.  This will provide a framework to ensure we take a coordinated approach to how we design and plan services across our partner organisations.

We ran a public survey and a series of webinars, workshops, interviews and presentations with health and care staff, users of services and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector during this time. In addition, two virtual webinars were held that were open for anyone from the public to attend.

We publicised through social media, local networks, community newsletters and presentations to key staff groups and other local organisations. Communities who experience health inequalities were engaged with in a very targeted way. Case studies were used to highlight examples of the new ways of working within the health and care model.

We wanted to thank everyone who gave their time and got involved in contributing to feedback on the health and care model across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, and Wiltshire. This feedback directly influenced proposed recommendations in the new revision of the health and care model including:

  • Digital inclusion and exclusion
  • Mental health provision
  • Workforce, recruitment, and access to services
  • Finance models
  • Vulnerable clients and their access to mainstream services
  • Role of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
  • Role of unpaid carers, volunteers, universities, schools, and public health

The completed findings and recommendations are now available to view:

These will be presented at the upcoming BSW Partnership Board meeting on 25 February 2022.  Members of the public are welcome to attend as observers to find out more about the Partnership, our progress as an Integrated Care System and our plans for the future.  The meeting will be from 9am to 12pm and will be held virtually via Zoom. You can request to attend and observe the meeting and submit a question to the BSW Partnership board by emailing bswccg.partnership@nhs.net

Alongside the refresh of our system-wide health and care model, the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) is developing investment proposals for new infrastructure to enable it to deliver the new health and care model. Some funding has already been confirmed with the Dyson Cancer Centre which is now under construction. However, further investment will be needed to support the delivery of the future BSW model of care. This will include significant improvements in the estate at the Combe Park site which will focus on greater integration, a higher quality patient environment, a person-centred approach and more care being delivered closer to home. Additional investment will also be needed in digital to support integration with other partners in the system, better patient care and better use of clinicians’ time. The outcomes from our Shaping a Healthier Future engagement will underpin the RUH’s Strategic Outline Case for this additional investment. Therefore, our engagement activity will cover Mendip and South Gloucestershire that are within the RUH catchment area.