Bolton Taking Charge roadshow: 31 May

Tuesday 24 May 2016

The Bolton Taking Charge roadshow is coming to town on Tuesday 31 May from 10am until 4pm to talk about Bolton’s BIG plan for the future of health and care.  NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging everyone to come along, get involved, and make a pledge to ‘take charge’ of their own health and wellbeing when the event comes to Victoria Square.

Bolton people will have the chance to travel in time by hopping on board a camper van and talking about what the future holds for health and care.  This very special camper van comes complete with a Big Brother style ‘diary room’ to record views, comments, and feedback.  There will also be music from Key 103, sporting activities, and much more. 

The Bolton Taking Charge initiative launched earlier this year and is all about raising awareness and getting local people involved in Bolton’s health and care locality plan.  As local services face significant challenges, the CCG has joined with Bolton Council, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust, to set out a new vision for how things can be done differently.  This means spending less on hospital care and more on services in the community.  There will also be a greater focus on prevention with services getting involved earlier to prevent a hospital admission, or even helping to stop someone getting ill in the first place. 

Su Long, Chief Officer of the CCG, said:

“We had a great response the last time Bolton Taking Charge took to the streets in February.  Many people made pledges to say how they would be taking charge of their health and wellbeing.  We look forward to receiving lots more.”

“These are tough times for health and care in Bolton - doing what we have always done is no longer an option!  We will need to make some big changes to the way we provide services and I know we can’t do this alone.  Bolton people have a big part to play.  I encourage everyone to come along to the roadshow and think about what they can do to boost our borough’s health and protect services.”

The ideas and aims set out in Bolton’s plan will be developed further in the coming years.  This is a long term shift to better health and care services, along with a healthier population.  Bolton Taking Charge will be sticking around to make sure everyone knows what’s going on. 

Deputy Leader of Bolton Council and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Cllr Linda Thomas, added: “This is the beginning of a long term deal where we’ll need to take charge and responsibility for looking after ourselves and each other over many years.  This roadshow is an important beginning with a role for everyone, from the individual to the family, the community, the voluntary sector and the public bodies working together.”

For those who can’t make it to the roadshow, Bolton Taking Charge pledges can also be posted….

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