Innovative arts project led by Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin provides decision makers with food for thought

December 2014

A selection of illustrated tiles setting out the vision of what a hospital should look like will be presented to the NHS Future Fit programme board on Wednesday, 17 December.

The tiles, which were designed by children, young people and their families, give a unique insight into what Telford and Wrekin communities think is important when designing hospital services through a series of images and words.

David Evans and Dr Caron Morton, Joint Senior Responsible Officers for NHS Future Fit, said: "We thought it was a great idea and are really looking forward to seeing all the different designs and hearing the messages behind them. It's a great way to enable people, especially children and young people, to be involved in NHS Future Fit - ultimately it's their future we are planning for."

The tiles were designed during a series of events run by Telford and Wrekin Healthwatch.

Jane Chaplin, Board Member for Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin, said: "We thought it would be a great opportunity for families, especially young people, to express their views in a more creative and accessible way, but also for us to have a fantastic visual image as a record of what our communities are hoping for. Everyone who took part got really involved and we have some fantastic designs that we are really looking forward to presenting to the NHS Future Fit leaders."

Kate Ballinger, Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin, said: "The artwork idea has been a great success and we wanted to showcase what people have been thinking about since the Call to Action conference last year. It's not the end of it though. We have a long way to go so we will continue asking people to put their ideas into pictures and words until we have the healthcare services our communities desire."