Delivering better end of life care
more efficiently in Somerset
'Fit for Future' is a community-wide review that will lead the way in modernising care for people with life-limiting illnesses. This is the first review of its kind.
An ageing population and funding cuts are putting significant pressure on our healthcare systems. These challenges represent a significant opportunity to look at what we are currently doing and how we can do things better, and we want your help. Whether you are a patient, a carer, or a member of our community in Somerset, we want you to develop new ideas with us so we can deliver better care, more efficiently, in the future.
The review is being led by St. Margaret's Hospice, one of the biggest palliative care providers in the UK. Last year we cared for over 3,200 people. Supporting St. Margaret's is a specialist panel of experts, chaired by Lord Ashdown, and including national charities Macmillan Cancer Care and palliative care charity Marie Curie.
Doing nothing isn't an option. That's why we are launching this community-wide review. 'Fit for Future' is designed to take care into a new era, characterised by innovative ideas and technological advances. We need it to more than meet the demographic and financial demands that it will experience.
Source: ITV News West Country
We have one of the largest ageing populations in the UK with at least 25% of the population predicted to be over 65 by 2033. We are well placed to take a leadership role in how services such as ours have to adapt in the future, providing care models for the rest of the country. We need to understand more about how we can work more effectively and smartly with our local communities and, in turn, make our money go further.
How can you get involved?
Over the next six months, a series of community focus groups are being held across the county that will form the basis of our review into how our care provision can be enhanced and made more efficient.
But we don't want the ideas and views of a select few; we want everyone in the county to have their say. So, if you have any thoughts about how we can change and modernise our care provision for the better, or you have views on certain aspects of delivery, please use this website to get in touch.
Who is leading the review?
We have established a specialist panel, chaired by one of our Vice Presidents, Lord Ashdown, which is made up of experts in palliative and end of life care community services, together with national charities, academia, the local authority, politicians and the local community.
There's still time for you to have your say! Click here to submit your views.