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Residents asked to review Rutland's Health Priorities

Date Published: 26 November 2021
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People living in Rutland are being asked to read and comment on a new Health and Wellbeing Strategy that lists a range of health priorities for the county and its residents.

Rutland is regarded as a healthy place to live where local people enjoy some of the best standards of health and wellbeing in England. However, the county is not without its health challenges, many of which have been made worse by the impact of COVID-19.

As part of new ways of working between the NHS and local councils across the country, local areas are looking at how they can best improve the health and wellbeing of their population. This has led to the creation of a new Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Rutland.

This strategy has been produced by Rutland’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which is a committee of Rutland County Council that brings together lots of different organisations that are responsible for people’s health and care, including local NHS services.

The Health and Wellbeing Board is now asking local people in Rutland to share their views as part of a public consultation on the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy, before it is finalised.

The draft strategy aims to improve health and wellbeing for everyone in Rutland, but particularly those facing disadvantages or already living with ill health. Some areas of Rutland and even groups of people – such as those with special educational needs, the Armed Forces community, and the prison population – can have poorer health than most local residents, or a lower take-up of health and wellbeing services.

Rutland’s new Health and Wellbeing Strategy has six priority themes which will help to focus improvements over the next three years:

  1. The best start to life
  2. Healthy and independent for as long as possible
  3. Reducing health inequalities
  4. Equitable access to health and wellbeing services
  5. Preparing for population growth and change
  6. Making sure people are well supported in the last phase of their lives

 

A draft version of the new Health and Well-being Strategy has been published online for everyone to read by visiting: www.rutland.gov.uk/healthandwellbeingstrategy.

Residents and local groups with a particular interest in health and wellbeing are being invited to review the priorities set out in the draft strategy document before completing a short online survey to share their views. 

“This new strategy aims to reduce health inequalities across the County and to improve access to services at a time when people’s health and wellbeing have never been more important. We are committed to making sure everyone in Rutland has equitable access to high-quality care services, as well as the means to keep themselves healthy and well in order to prevent illness. I would encourage everyone to read the draft strategy document that’s been published online and consider what it means to you and your family before giving us your feedback. It’s vital that local communities have a say on the things that matter most to them and our wider County.” Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council and Cabinet Member for Health

The consultation on Rutland’s Draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy runs for six weeks and will close on Friday 7 January 2022. Full details can be found online at:  www.rutland.gov.uk/healthandwellbeingstrategy. You can also email: enquiries@rutland.gov.uk. Anyone who would like to take part in the consultation but does not have access to the internet can call Rutland County Council on: 01572 722 577.

The feedback gathered through this consultation will be evaluated by Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), after which a report detailing the findings will be published. This will help to shape a final version of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which will be then be considered by Rutland’s Health and Wellbeing Board in the New Year.

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