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Local people help shape plans for healthcare

14 June 2013

Building on the success of last year’s event, people from across Bedfordshire gathered to talk about plans to develop healthcare across the county.

‘Developing healthcare plans’ gave Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) the opportunity to gather opinions to inform commissioning plans for next year. These plans will then build into the Plan for Patients 2014/15.

Over 70 people attended the event, held at the Rufus Centre in Flitwick on Tuesday 4 June 2013. Representatives from the BCCG membership scheme, GP practice participation groups and stakeholders listened to presentations from Dr Bruce Ella and Alison Lathwell.

Alison Lathwell, Head of Strategy and Corporate Planning for BCCG said: “This is the biggest event Bedfordshire CCG has done to date, encouraging twice as many attendees than we had last year. It was a great opportunity to bring people together and focus on the health of the people of Bedfordshire. The atmosphere promoted meaningful high quality discussion for us to use to plan services for next year and beyond.”

The group was split to encourage smaller discussions on what achievements were set for the coming year. There was also lively discussion how these building blocks would fit in to BCCG’s vision for 2020.

Tim Granger, Vice Chairman of the Flitwick Surgery Patient Participation Group congratulated Alison and her team for their enthusiastic approach as facilitators. He said: “They facilitated the work streams in an extremely encouraging and professional manner. Certainly on the table that I was on, there was a very good mix of skill, knowledge and experience, from both the private and public sectors, which resulted in relevant, high quality output.”

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