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Join the Big Conversation about local NHS funding


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The Big Conversation has launched in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – to get local people talking and giving their views about healthcare funding.

More people are using local services but staff and money are limited.

So Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which buys the healthcare services in the local area, is asking for the public's help in making sure that money is spent in the best way possible.

To capture people's views, it has launched an online survey and a series of meetings across the county in October, November and December – details below.

It's also running a community values panel, organised with help from Healthwatch, to establish what's most important to people.

Why the public's help is needed

The CCG is currently buying more services than it can afford with its £1.3 billion budget. It is overspending and has a £75m debt.

So it has to make some difficult decisions about the services it can afford to provide for the area's 980,000 people in the future. This includes funding for hospitals, GP services, pharmacies, mental health services and much, much more.

It currently spends:
  • £670.8m on hospital services including accident and emergency, operations, maternity services, specialist treatments, hospital stays, ambulances.
  • £155.8m on GP services covering thing like visits to your GP, practice nurses and health care assistants, vaccinations, out of hours support.
  • £127.3m on mental health to pay for crisis support and support services including counselling, learning disability services.
  • £111.7m on community healthcare services such as district nurses and physiotherapy.
  • £118.3m on prescriptions (from GPs) for medicines and other items prescribed by your GP or nurse.

Dr Gary Howsam, local GP and Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG said that while £1.3billion sounded like a lot of money, it wasn't enough to deliver everything the CCG would like.

He said: "If our current budget was shared equally across our whole population it would amount to £1,125 to spend per person each year and we are currently operating at a deficit of £75 million, which means significant savings must be made. Which is why we need to make sure that money is spent in the best way possible.

"To help us to make decisions about the services and treatments we buy in the future, we are asking our local community to share their views on what matters most to them and about some key areas with us.

"The responses to these questions will be used to create a set of principles that will inform our future plans, so it is really important everyone gets involved and has their say."

Get involved and have your say

The CCG wants to listen to your ideas about how to make savings in the future, whilst protecting the services you value most. It wants to hear your experiences of using local NHS services and any opportunities you 've seen to change things.
You can give your views straight away in an online survey. Or go along to one of the public events across the area to hear more and give your feedback.

  • Complete the online survey 
  • Fill in the paper copy of the questionnaire in the summary document online. Send it toFREEPOST to Freepost Plus RSCR-GSGK-XSHK, BIG conversation, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, Lockton House, Clarendon Road, Cambridge CB2 8FH by Friday 20 December 2019. You do not need a stamp.
  • Phone and give your views on 01223 725317.
You can also go along to one of the public events below
  • Peterborough 16 October, 1:30 – 3:00pm. The Fleet, Fleet Way, High St, Fletton, PE2 8DL
  • Cambridge 22 October, 6:00 – 7:30pm. The Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge, CB4 2LD.
  • Huntingdon 29 October, 6:00 – 7:30pm. The George Hotel, George St, Huntingdon, PE29 3AB.
  • Cambridge 31 October, 1:30 – 3:00pm. Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard, Cambridge, CB2 3QD.
  • Wisbech 7 November, 6:00 – 7:30pm. The Boathouse Business Centre, 1 Harbour Square, Wisbech, PE13 3BH.
  • Cambourne 12 November, 6:00 – 7:30pm. The Hub, High St, Cambourne, CB23 6GW.
  • Peterborough 21 November, 6:00 – 7:30pm. The Fleet, Fleet Way, High St, Fletton, PE2 8DL.
  • Ely 26 November, 6:00 – 7:30pm. The Cathedral Centre, Palace Green, Ely CB7 4EW.
  • St Neots 28 November, 6:00 - 7.30pm. Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots PE19 2BH.
  • March 10 December, 6:00 - 7:30pm. March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, March PE15 8LE.

Read more

Visit the CCG's Big Conversation webpages