‘Shaping the Future’ is NHS Forth Valley’s Healthcare Strategy which sets out our plans and priorities for the next five years from 2016 – 2021.
The Strategy was developed following a major review of clinical services across Forth Valley. Widespread engagement was also undertaken to gather feedback, ideas and suggestions from local staff, patients, community groups and members of the public on how they would like to see healthcare delivered in the future.
Detailed work was also carried out to analyse trends in the size and age of our local population, forecast the prevalence of common diseases and long term conditions and estimate future demand for local services. In addition, the Healthcare Strategy takes account of other key strategies and plans including the National Clinical Strategy for Scotland and the Strategic Plans developed by the two local Health and Social Care Partnerships.
We’ve listened very carefully to what local people and staff told us during the review and this feedback has helped identify ten key priorities which are described in our Vision for the future. These priorities will guide the future development and delivery of local health services across Forth Valley and a Transformation Programme Board has been established to drive forward the implementation. The Board oversees the work of six transformation programmes to take forward the priorities identified within the Strategy. These focus on Emergency Care, Planned Care, Providing Care Closer to Home, Planning Ahead, Personal Responsibility and Palliative and End of Life Care. A number of service changes and improvements have already been made – here are just a few examples.
|NHS Forth Valley Healthcare Strategy 2016 – 2021|
|NHS Forth Valley Healthcare Strategy 2016 – 2021 Summary|
A Case For Change outlines future trends in the size and age of our local population, estimates future service activity and forecasts future levels of several common diseases and long term conditions. It also examines other factors which affect the health and wellbeing of local people such as poverty, poor housing, unemployment, smoking, alcohol consumption and exercise.