NHS survey launched to shape health care in the Borders (From Border Telegraph)

NHS Borders has launched an engagement exercise on their Clinical Strategy to help shape the future of health services in the region.

The questionnaire hopes to shape the health board’s vision for services in the Borders and find out what is important to the public.

NHS Borders wants to know what a successful NHS Borders looks like to patients, as well as what can be done to help people stay healthy or improve their health.

John Raine, chair of NHS Borders, said: “Despite the challenging financial backdrop, we have a real opportunity to change things for the better.

“By developing our current system to be innovative and forward-thinking, making the most of new technology and supporting Borders people to live well for longer, we can ensure everyone has a better experience of health and care and the opportunity to be independent for as long as possible for them.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to let us know what you think, your views matter.”

NHS Borders hope to have greater focus on preventing ill health by reducing inequalities and providing integrated care across services.

Responses to the nine question survey can be given to NHS Borders by post, by attending an engagement event, or by completing the survey online.

The engagement programme will run for until Friday, November 24 with events planned in local libraries and supermarkets.

The Public Involvement Team took part in the recent information fair at Borders College Freshers’ Week.

And they will also be speaking to community groups like Men’s Sheds, Baby to Bumps groups, and Diabetes support groups.

Dr Cliff Sharp, medical director of NHS Borders, added: “Our Clinical Strategy sets out key principles for redesigning services to meet the future health needs of the Borders population.

“We acknowledge that this will require us to think differently with our patients, carers, and local partners in order to transform the traditional models of healthcare delivery and we are committed to ensuring Borders people have a high quality of life in their communities, accessing the care that is most appropriate for them.”

If you would like NHS Borders to visit your group, email public.involvement@borders.scot.nhs.uk

And to complete the survey online go to www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/clinical-strategy

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