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Health leaders reconfirm commitment to future of services for local communities

November 2015

Health leaders have reconfirmed their commitment to reshape services for communities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales.

NHS Future Fit's Programme Board met in Shrewsbury for the first time since a decision on a preferred model of services was deferred on 1st October 2015.

The meeting brought together NHS leaders together with social care providers, patient representatives and other partners. They set out a timeline for future decisions including a preferred option for clinical model of services in mid-2016.

Brigid Stacey, Acting Accountable Officer for Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and David Evans, Chief Officer of Telford and Wreking Clinical Commissioning Group said: "These decisions will define the shape of healthcare for generations to come and they are not easy ones to make.

"This is why we firmly believe that patients, communities, partners and health services need enough time to consider them carefully so that the best decisions are made. We will ensure widespread engagement and consultation with our communities, listening to people about their hopes and anxieties and using your feedback to shape the future of the county’s health services."

There will be widespread engagement on the preferred clinical model of services from June 2016. This will be followed by detailed consultation from December 2016, which will lead to a decision on the preferred location of services by Spring 2017.

An Introduction to NHS Community Fit

The aim of NHS Community Fit is to deliver a sustainable, community based, health and social care system focussed on prevention and continuity of care, delivered by integrated teams of professionals and volunteers from the health, social care and local communities. Services will draw on local skills and connections to create individual local solutions. NHS Community Fit was borne out of the need to describe in detail how the NHS Future Fit model (reconfiguration of acute and community bed-based services) would function specifically in relation to the intended transfer of inpatient activity out into the community.