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Have your say on our strategy for the next five years

6th January 2020

Our draft strategy sets out what we think is most important for Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough to do over the next five years. But we need your help to check we have chosen the right priorities. 

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Our communities face big challenges. A growing number of people need help with long-term health conditions, whilst illnesses associated with unequal life chances and lifestyle are adding to pressures on services.

Local health and care services are also facing big money pressures.

What we want to do

It is our job to make sure that people’s views help shape local services. Now and as they change to meet people’s needs in the future. We want to make the most difference we can for local people.

We have looked carefully at what is happening locally in the health and care system. We have talked to local people and organisations to find out what they think the big issues are. These are the five priorities we have chosen:

One – the promotion of independence and self-care

People want to be able to look after their own health and need better information to do this. We will help health and care organisations understand where information can be better. 

Two – GPs, dentists, pharmacies and other primary care services 

People tell us that it can be hard to get appointments when they need them. We will involve people in thinking about how services can work differently to provide better care. 

Three – Social care and integrated support services

Services are confusing and people can have problems moving from one part of the system to another. We will challenge health and care services to improve systems so they work better for people. 

Four – Children and young people’s mental health services and adult mental health services

People tell us they can not always get the mental health support they need. We will help to get people involved in designing new community mental health services. And make sure what people tell us informs changes made to local mental health support. 

Five – Facilitating co-production and engaging people in changes and re-design

Health and care is often organised around systems and organisations, not people. We will help decision-makers understand the value of involving people. And we will help develop effective forums for people to have their say.

Tell us what you think 

We need you to check our strategy and make sure we have got our priorities right. Do let us know if there is anything that we need to be doing differently. 

How to have your say

Fill in the survey online

Come to one of our public meetings  

We will be talking about the strategy at our regular community meetings. You are welcome to come along and join any of these meetings. No need to book. 

  • Tuesday 7 January 2020, 2:00am to 4:00pm at Huntingdonshire Patient Forum, Huntingdon Library, Princes St, Huntingdon PE29 3PA – find out more
  • Thursday 23 January, 10:00am to 12 noon at Peterborough Community Forum, Stanground Community Centre, Whittlesey Road, Peterborough, PE2 8QS – find out more
  • Wednesday 5 February, 10:00am to 12 noon at Greater Cambridge Health and Care Forum,
    The Orchard Community Centre, Central Avenue, Cambridge, CB4 2EZ – find out more
  • Thursday 13 February, 10:00am to 12 noon at Fenland Health and Care Forum, Queen Mary Centre, Queens Road, Wisbech PE13 2PE – find out more


Speak to our friendly team

  • Phone 0330 355 1285 
  • Text 0752 0635 176

Write to us

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, The Maple Centre, 6 Oak Drive, Huntingdon, PE29 7HN 

This consultation will end on Sunday 23 February 2020.