Health chiefs launch consultation to transform wellbeing in Wolverhampton
HEALTH chiefs looking to boost the wellbeing of the city are on the hunt for ways to transform services for residents.
Wolverhampton Council wants to hear from residents as it updates its health and wellbeing strategy for the next five years.
It comes as health officers look at bringing to life their vision to make Wolverhampton a 'thriving city of opportunity' with world-class services by 2030.
Councillor Roger Lawrence, council leader and chairman of the health and wellbeing together board,, said: "Health and wellbeing is about more than health and care services.
"The environments we live in, our lifestyles, the opportunities we have throughout our whole lives, education, family, good jobs and community - all these have an impact on our health.
"Often health and wellbeing issues are complex, multifaceted and require partners to work together around the needs of people.
"There are clear areas of work that can be done better in partnership, across the whole system, and these are the things that we are focusing on.
"We want to know what makes people feel good about life in Wolverhampton, and what things would help them live more healthily and happily. We also want them to help identify the priority areas which partners should be targeting their efforts on."
Board members are hoping to improve the health and wellbeing of residents by reducing inequalities across the city and developing better services.
People are now being encouraged to have their say about the health and wellbeing priorities for Wolverhampton by taking part in a consultation - and be in the chance of winning a £50 shopping voucher.
Areas identified by the board as priorities include early years, children's mental health and dementia care.
Comments must be received by Sunday, October 28, with results published in January.
Dr Helen Hibbs, chief officer of Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and vice chairwoman of the health and wellbeing together board, said: "We want to support independence and empower everyone to look after their own health and wellbeing by using the assets available in communities.
"We aim to create environments and opportunities for people to thrive and stay well, making Wolverhampton a city where people want to live and work.
"And when health and care services are required, we will ensure they are built around the people who need them – focussed on improving their experiences and their outcomes.
"It's really important that people take a few moments to have their say by completing this short survey so that we can ensure that we have got our priorities correct."