Oldham residents asked to help shape health and social care budget

OLDHAM RESIDENTS are invited to share their struggles and successes in making healthy lifestyle choices to help shape health and social care plans across Greater Manchester.

Untitled-4The ‘Taking Charge Together campaign’ will help form plans for the next five years as the region prepares to take responsibility for a £6billion health and social care budget.

People can join a conversation about everything from exercise to mental health by going to www.takingchargetogether.org.uk and filling in a quick survey.

Or participants can attend a community roadshow event hosted by Key 103 on Albion Street, outside Tommyfield Market Hall, on Monday, March 7 from 10am-4pm.

The feedback will be used to help Health and Social Care bosses tackle some of the worst health outcomes in the country by:

  • revealing insight into what the people of Greater Manchester believe blocks or enables healthy choices
  • helping health and care officials to design services that can deliver the greatest and fastest improvement in the region’s health and wellbeing
  • identifying great work in the region that can be celebrated and developed at scale across the region

Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We need the residents to make their voices heard to help shape future decisions that will affect the borough.

“The Taking Charge Together campaign will help develop a picture of how people are feeling in the borough and what choices they making as part of living a healthy lifestyle.”

Dr Ian Wilkinson, Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We welcome this campaign which supports and complements the public engagement work we are already doing across Oldham to involve patients in the design and commissioning of their local health services.

“By listening to their voice and understanding their health and lifestyle decisions, we can work together to tackle some of the health and wellbeing challenges that they face.”

Greater Manchester’s Director of Population Health Transformation, Wendy Meredith, said: “Traditionally, health organisations have been the ones talking about the health of the population, but we want the 2.8 million people of Greater Manchester to shape the conversation through this innovative campaign.

“Taking Charge Together will help us to get a picture of how people are feeling, what stops them being healthy and what ideas they have to make changes.

“All this kind of information will help influence future plans for the delivery of health and social care so it is crucial as many people as possible tell us what they think.”

To access the survey, please visit www.takingchargetogether.org.uk


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