NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS in Dorset is changing



With growing pressure on the NHS – people living longer, more people living with long-term conditions, and lifestyle choices affecting people’s health – changes are needed to make sure everybody gets the support they need.

Following a commitment from the Government to invest an extra £20bn a year in the NHS, the NHS published the Long Term Plan in January 2019, setting out its key ambitions over the next 10-years.  In the summer of 2019, Healthwatch launched a countrywide campaign to give people a say in how the plan should be implemented in their communities.

We asked people #WhatWouldYouDo to improve the NHS locally?  Here is a summary of our work and what we found.

What do people want?

The top issues that people told us they wanted services to focus on were:

  • Quicker and easier access to GPs
  • Faster diagnosis and treatment options
  • Annual health checks and more regular support for people with long-term conditions.

What are we doing about it?

We have been working with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group to embed our findings into their future plans for local services.  In 2020/21, we will be working with local Primary Care Networks, made up of groups of local GPs and Patient Participation Groups, to help improve access to GP services, annual health checks, and support for people with long-term conditions and their carers.

Read the our final report NHS Long Term Plan: The views of Dorset residents that details the engagement work carried out by Healthwatch Dorset around the NHS Long Term Plan.

Your views matter

You can share your views on local health and social care services by getting in touch with our team: call 0300 111 0102 or email enquiries@healthwatchdorset.co.uk, or use our online feedback form:

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