Time is running out for North Lanarkshire residents to make their views known on the shape of local health and social care services over the next three years.
Health & Social Care North Lanarkshire is currently engaging on its draft Strategic Commissioning Plan for 2023-26. The plan sets out the priorities for the partnership over the next three years and North Lanarkshire residents can still give their feedback until Friday, 20 January.
An extensive engagement process has been carried out over the last five months to ensure a wide a range of staff, people who use services and carers have had an opportunity to participate and shape the development of the plan.
This draft plan has been open for engagement and feedback through an online questionnaire for the last month. Feedback is important as it ensures the partnership continues to provide community health and social care services that meet the needs of local people and enables them to continue living in their communities.
The plan sets out the key priorities for health and social care services in North Lanarkshire over the next three years to ensure people are supported to live in their own homes and lead independent lives at the heart of their communities.
Key areas the partnership’s strategic commissioning plan is focusing its attention and resources include:
- A person centred approach – people are in control of the care they receive and it meets their needs
- Prevention and early intervention – supporting people to manage their own health
- Connecting communities – addressing the needs of each person as well as those around them
- Managing expectations – people are supported to agree individual realistic plans when they need help
Ross McGuffie, chief officer, Health & Social Care North Lanarkshire, said: “We’ve had a number of responses already and held a number of events to ensure we hear from as many people as possible.
“The questionnaire finishes soon so it’s really important that people tell us how the partnership is meeting their needs in the community and how we can further develop them.
“I’d encourage people to take part in their survey before the 20th of January to make sure their voice is heard and we do all we can to make sure the people of North Lanarkshire are supported to live independently in their own homes.
“This work is being carried out for your benefit so we really want to hear from you.”
The questionnaire can be accessed at https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/strategic-commissioning-plan and will be open until Friday, 20th January.
Responses are completely confidential and unidentifiable with the information provided being retained for six months only.