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CCG Public Opinion

Local community services will be changing in Dartmouth, Chillington, Totnes, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh

Help us plan how…

Local GPs, Devon County Council, Torbay Council, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust, district councils and local community groups are working with South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to organise a number of high-profile public events aimed at understanding what community services the public need.

Among the topics for discussion are GP services, community nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social care services such as night sitters, home carers and personal care, community hospitals and services for carers.

The feedback we receive at these events will help us produce a strategy for the future of community services.  It will be a strategy that is well-informed, benefitting from the views of the organisations we work with and of people who use health and social care services. That’s why we are asking you what you think.

The engagement events will be held in each of the CCG’s five localities – Moor to Sea, Coastal, Newton Abbot, Torquay, and Paignton & Brixham – so that a clear plan for improving health and social care services can be drawn up over the next five years.

Why are we asking you to give your opinions now?  

People are living longer, which is a good thing. It also means that in the years ahead, we will have increasing numbers of older people dependent on care for longer. Growing numbers of people will, also, have several long-term illnesses and increasingly complex needs.  

The budget for health and social care is not going to increase but demand on our services will be rising sharply. The gap between people’s needs and the money available is getting wider.  So we will have to do things differently. We need bold ideas. We know we can do more to prevent ill health, and people can take more responsibility and control of their own care. We need to make the best and most efficient use of all our resources and make sure our community services are used to best meet people’s needs.

This engagement will be in the Moor to Sea locality – for people living in Dartmouth, Chillington, Totnes, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh and surrounding areas – from 21 October.  The public meetings have already been held so visit the website for more information.

If you would like us to attend one of your meetings or visit your group, or if you would like further information, email Laura Jenkins at . Alternatively, visit our website at   

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