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Local health needs driving Richmond’s five-year strategic plan

Members of the community in Richmond are being invited to contribute to an updated strategic plan for how local health and wellbeing needs will be met over the course of the next five years.

The new plan will look into how 18 different steps to improving health and wellbeing in the area can be achieved in the ways that benefit the communities the most, with this including rethinking the ways that services are provided, commissioning new local services, and agreeing on where responsibility lies among organisations. These organisations include Richmond Council, the National Health Service, and partners across the voluntary and community sectors.

Keeping people healthier for longer is a key ambition of the plan, with this delaying the need for health and care services, whilst also adopting a cohesive approach that will see ill health prevented, positive health and wellbeing promoted, and health inequalities addressed.

Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board at Richmond Council, Cllr Piers Allen, said:

“We have set out 18 steps to Health and Wellbeing, which have been identified based on in-depth assessment of need in our communities at every stage of a person’s life. Now we need your views on how we deliver these steps. Our focus is to create a fairer and healthier borough for all of us who lie in Richmond Upon Thames, so I encourage you to make sure your voice is heard.”

Feedback from people who live and work in Richmond will be collected through an online survey portal that will remain open until the 21st September, ahead of the publication of the final strategic plan in the autumn of this year.

 

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