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29 November 2011, 06:00
From today you get to have your say on changes to the way the local NHS runs services and how patients are treated.
NHS North East Essex has launched a plan called the QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) and Reform Plan.
QIPP is about all local NHS, social care and other local organisations working together to provide better care and treatment whilst also getting the most out of NHS resources in an effective, safe and sustainable way.
Sheila Bremner, Chief Executive of NHS North East Essex, said: "Although NHS funding is at its highest ever levels and there will be more modest increases in the future, the health service faces the challenge of higher costs added to growing demand from an expanding and ageing population. However, by transforming how it works across the health service and by joining forces with social care and community organisations, the NHS will be able to provide better services whilst also using its resources more effectively.
"The transformation has started and is gathering pace. More and more services are being provided in GP surgeries, community hospitals, health centres and at home. This is perhaps the biggest change from what we're used to. By 2015, the NHS will look very different from the traditional image that many of us have.
"There will be an increasing focus on creating a wellness service rather than a sickness service. Personalised care, health improvement schemes, earlier treatments and better patient information will help people to manage their own health."
NHS North East Essex wants the public to share their views on its exciting plans for future healthcare in the area and has arranged local Open Talk events.
These will be at:
Harwich: Long Meadows Community Hall, Dovercourt, Harwich CO12 4US on Tuesday 29 November, 2-4pm
Clacton: Princes Theatre, Essex Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1SE on Tuesday 10 January, 5-7pm
Colchester: Colchester Town Hall, High Street, Old Library Colchester CO1 1PJ on Wednesday 11 January, 2-4pm.
Places can be booked at these events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 01245 459395.