If you are currently living in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend areas, we want you to tell us why your local NHS needs to change by completing simple multiple choice questionnaires, which should only take around 10 minutes. We will be asking you a few questions about your health and your recent use of the NHS (if you have had any). Don’t worry - everything you tell us will be completely confidential. We will then send you reminders to return to us regularly to repeat the process when new questionnaires are available.
Your views are just as important even if you are not a patient! Tell us now!
YouTellUs is working with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) to help them understand what you and others living in their area think about their future plans and their current services. ABMU is the NHS organisation that provides health care to all people that live in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend areas.
Like all of the Health Boards in Wales, ABMU are thinking hard about how they can improve their services and they really want you to tell us what you think. Like most of the UK, the NHS in Wales believes it is probably going to have to change in order to improve. ABMU are just starting out on a long term project to look at this, which they are calling “Changing for the Better”.
YouTellUs will be helping ABMU by getting your views on their plans, their services and, if you are a patient, how your health has been affected by the care they provide. Don’t worry if you are not a patient! YouTellUs still want you to take part. Your views are just as important and we still want you to tell us things.
If ABMU keep on delivering services like they do now, they won’t be able to meet these challenges - and the standard of NHS care will deteriorate. ABMU don’t think that’s acceptable.
So, working with others, ABMU is making plans under a project called Changing for the Better to redesign local NHS services.
This is still in working progress, but here are some ideas to share with you now:
Change can be worrying, but in reality NHS care is changing all the time. And, importantly, improving the quality of care often means it is less expensive because it is more effective and wastes less.
Examples of recent changes:
Find out more about Changing for the Better at http://www.changingforthebetter.org.uk
Running in parallel with the ‘Changing for the Better’ programme is another NHS change project called the South Wales Programme. This involves ABMU working with other Health Board in the South Wales area to look at how we can improve some specialist services not only for local patients, but across a wider South Wales region.
The South Wales Programme hasn’t been looking at as many services as Changing for the Better has, but it has considered some of the same services, so has implications for services in Swansea, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot.
You will also find South Wales Programme information on http://www.changingforthebetter.org.uk and can give your views on it on the Tell us now!