NHS Fife launches Clinical Strategy consultation
Strategy Development Event
NHS Fife has launched a 12-week public consultation on its new Clinical Strategy, which showcases the health board’s vision for healthcare delivery for the next five years and beyond.
The Clinical Strategy was developed over the last six months and follows extensive consultation and input from senior clinicians, patients and their carers, partner organisations and the general public. It is NHS Fife’s response to changing demographics, advances in medical science and the rising cost of care, and details a sustainable model for health and social care to cope with the changing demands of the population.
Improvements in healthcare mean people are living longer but often with chronic and complex conditions. The population of Fife is expected to rise by 32,000 over the next 20 years and chronic conditions such as dementia, heart disease and diabetes are on the rise. Yet innovation in medicine and social care practices mean many more conditions can be successfully treated without the need for a hospital stay.
Members of the public can view the Clinical Strategy and take part in the consultation by visiting www.nhsfife.org/clinicalstrategyor by attending one of the public sessions that will be held across Fife over the next 12 weeks.
Central to the strategy are a number of key recommendations, including the establishment of Community Hubs, where people can access information and care from a variety of organisations including health, social care, housing and voluntary services, more treatments taking place as close to home as possible, increased emphasis on prevention and health improvement from a young age, and greater use of new and emerging technologies.
Commenting on the launch of the consultation, NHS Fife Medical Director, Dr Frances Elliot, said “As the needs of the population change, we need to make sure the way we deliver healthcare reflects this. Whilst we will be working to keep people healthy and prevent the onset of any health problems before they escalate or even arise, new technologies and advances in medical care mean many people no longer have to travel to hospital for treatment and can now access the care they need from their own homes or a community-based facility.
“The Clinical Strategy is NHS Fife’s vision for the next five years and beyond and it is now over to the public to let us know what they think about it.”
To view the Clinical Strategy and feedback on its recommendations please visit www.nhsfife.org/clinicalstrategy.