Health bosses draw up new priorities

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NHS bosses drawing up new plans to carry out the Government’s health reforms have asked South Yorkshire residents to contribute.

Under the coalition’s plans, councillors and NHS managers in Rotherham have identified areas where organisations should channel their time and money - and now they want residents to put forward their views.

Rotherham’s new Health and Wellbeing Board – which brings together councillors, experts in public health, commissioners and providers of NHS services, voluntary and community groups – has published six priorities in its new three-year strategy.

The six priorities are: prevention and early intervention; delivering services tailored to individuals; helping patients identify their own needs; helping people adopt healthier lifestyles; assisting patients to manage their own long-term health conditions; reducing poverty.

Coun Ken Wyatt, chair of the new board, said: “Our strategy and priorities have been put together in response to our engagement so far with local people, health and social care professionals working in Rotherham. We are now feeding back to our communities to demonstrate how we have used the information and intelligence they have given us to develop our plans.”

Contribute to the consultation before the end of August on the council website at