Health & Wellbeing Group
LymeForward's Health and Wellbeing group was set up in recognition that health and social care issues are a significant community concern within the Local Area Partnership, and that coordinating effective action requires leadership by a team of enthusiastic individuals.
The group has consolidated to a core membership of 13 volunteers, many with good professional experience in different parts of the health service. One is a Board member for Dorset County Hospital; another is a Board member for Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, which provides community services to all of Dorset except for this area, for which Virgin holds the contract.
The group's priority for the last year has been the CCG's Primary Care Commissioning Strategy, covering the future arrangements for providing both GP/medical services and Community Health Services in the LymeForward 'patch'. The CCG is expected to be re-commissioning this contract during 2018, to take effect from June 1st 2019, with significant implications for the area.
The group has therefore been:
Working closely with the CCG Primary Care team and locality Primary Care Programme Officer so that, as far as lies within our power, the CCG's specifications for tendering will take account of local circumstances and priorities, and that its strategy will be publicised.
Making a careful quantitative and qualitative study of the services currently provided, aiming to understand fully the nature of the provision, its strengths, weaknesses and gaps; the policies and budgets of providers; and the identity of those who make decisions about service provision. Information is being gathered through face-to-face meetings with service providers and from public domain sources, and shared across the group. These actions have provided hard-edged baseline data, one of the elements against which any new service proposals must be tested.
Analysing the difficulties in reaching medical appointments, chemists, social support and the like that face those (particularly if with limited mobility) unable to access or afford transport. The Town Council's restoration of the 71 town service is very welcome; in itself this cannot be a complete solution to the problems with access to medical and social care for many people – a point being made forcibly to the CCG.
In touch with the Patient Participation Groups for each local GP Practice.
Building a relationship with Dorset Healthwatch, the official patient voice for the county.
Maintaining contact with similar developments across the border in East Devon.
The group welcomes all contributions (suggestions, questions, experiences of health and care services, etc) from patients registered at any GP Practice in Lyme Regis or Charmouth, and from any professional staff. A member of the group will meet with any local group that wishes to find out more.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please email the group's chair,
The current membership of the group is:
Ken Lavery (Chairman)