Changes are looming early next year in the way primary health care and community health services are provided locally. So LymeForward's Health & Wellbeing Group is seeing what we can do collectively to influence the service providers as soon as they are known from the Clinical Commissioning Group.
Because we'll need numbers as well as stories to support our suggestions, one way you can help greatly is by sparing about ten minutes to complete a survey of previous and present experiences. You can find the survey with this link:
There's a short introduction, then it should be quick and easy. Please do it now, even though the absolute deadline is 30th September.
The survey is important for two reasons. First, it will provide useful facts. Second, it's what the CCG and providers would be expecting of anybody trying to influence their ideas: "But do you have any data to back up what you're saying?" is what they will ask, so it's better to reply "Yes, we do" instead of "No, but we'll try to collect some if you like."
To supplement this data, we plan to talk with residents who would like to discuss issues more thoroughly. If you would be willing to meet with a member of the Health & Wellbeing Group to do this, please send a separate email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We shall also arrange at least one public open meeting later in the autumn, and are happy to visit any existing Lyme Regis, Charmouth or Uplyme groups that would like to know more.
This survey is kindly being hosted on a goodwill basis by a professional market research company, 'Closer to Customers', who are based in the area. The data will be presented only in aggregated form. According to General Data Protection Regulation rules, no data that can identify individual respondents will be kept after the survey is complete.
'Closer to Customers' have been managing an almost-identical survey in the Axminster area, through the Patient Participation Group of the Axminster Medical Practice, so results from the two together should be doubly valuable given the number of shared cross-border health and care issues.
With thanks for your help –
Chair, LymeForward Health & Wellbeing Group
1st September 2018