Our NHS – Time to think differently about health and care

Join us at Health Matters on March 1st in Scunthorpe

It’s time to get serious. As you are probably aware from the headlines, the NHS is facing unprecedented difficulties this winter. It is no different in North Lincolnshire and local services are under strain too.

More people than ever need health and care, and more treatments are available which are also getting more expensive to provide. Health funding is not keeping pace with this growing demand and the resources of the NHS need to be stretched further while still providing safe, quality services that people deserve.

It is important our health service can live within its means while protecting, prioritising and safeguarding people who have the most complex care needs in our local community. The good news is there is a lot of work going on to make local services more sustainable by exploring how we can do things differently and make sure organisations in our area work more closely together.

You may have heard about Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Since April 2016, people from health and care organisations across the region, together with our voluntary sector, have been working together to develop the Humber Coast and Vale STP.

Liane Langdon – Chief Officer at NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and lead for the STP work around Mental Health – will be on hand to give an update on what the STP could mean for people in North Lincolnshire and dispel some of the myths you may have heard.

“We want to have a different conversation about how we can help people feel confident about looking after themselves and each other” said Liane “and we must make sure that the best service or support for them at that time is the easiest one to find”.

There is also a lot we can all do to support our NHS. This includes only using services such as A&E when we really need them, taking care of our health, and not wasting medicines or getting prescriptions for items such as paracetamol or ibubrofen that can bought very cheaply.

Health Matters 5 will feature interactive workshops about medicines, self-care and prescriptions, thinking differently about how we use primary care services (such as GPs and practice nurses) and a challenging discussion about improving outcomes from certain surgical procedures by asking people to improve their health by stopping smoking, reducing weight and increasing exercise before surgery.

There will be a market place with stands where you can find out about a wide range of service developments and let us know what you think as well as a patient experience area where you can feedback your own experiences of local care.

“This really is an essential event for anyone with even a passing interest in health and the NHS,” explained Dr Margaret Sanderson, Chair of NHS North Lincolnshire CCG. “This is your chance to find out and share your ideas and opinions with us about the things that really matter in local healthcare.”

Health Matters 5 
Wednesday March 1st, 1pm to 4.30pm, at Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

Bitesize Version
For people who are unable to attend during the day, there will be a ‘Bite-sized’ version of the event on
Tuesday March 7th, 6pm to 8pm at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe

Please let us know if you would like to attend by sending an email to or ringing Janet Gaiger on 0300 3000 567. 

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