Help Shape the Future of Devon Health care

(Last Updated On: July 19, 2019)

New County wide engagement programme

People across Devon are being asked to help shape the future of health and care in the county by sharing their views as part of a major eight week, engagement programme.

Devon is developing a local version of the NHS Long Term Plan, called Better for you, Better for Devon.

The research will involve focus groups, face-to-face discussions and surveys.

1,700 members of the public who form a Citizen’s Panel will be involved as well as surveys of GP Practice Participation Groups (PPGs) and phone questionnaires with patients.

Local people will be asked a range of questions including:

How can we work more closely with volunteers and the voluntary sector to better support people to live healthier and for longer?
How can we better support people in their communities and in their own homes?
What could we do to promote careers in health and social care (e.g. working with schools and young people)?

More details about opportunities to help shape these plans will be shared shortly. In the meantime, you are being invited to complete an online survey which can be accessed by following the link below.

You can also download our new report which looks at what over 1,000 residents in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay said about the NHS Long Term Plan

Link to the Better for you Better for Devon survey
Download the Healthwatch Torbay Long Term Plan report

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!