Tell us what is most important to you.
We want everyone who lives in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to have the opportunity to shape the services that they use.
This means making sure your voice is heard and sharing what you feel is most important.
We have worked closely with strategic partners during the pandemic. These include Healthwatch, the Voluntary Alliance, local authorities and people from communities. This has allowed us to share important public health information and use your feedback to help us communicate better.
That approach has given people the confidence to get vaccinated and tell us about their personal experiences in accessing health and care.
The next few years are going to be challenging for health and care as we recover services after the pandemic. That makes it even more important that we keep our conversations with local people and communities going. That way, residents’ voices will be at the centre of all decisions about health and care services.
Help shape how we work with local people and communities
We recently asked residents, health and care staff and partners to help us to shape our approach to working with local people and communities.
Following this, we plan to co-design our principles for engagement.
We will share these as soon as they are finished, but some of the principles we’ve heard so far include:
- Listening to all communities and giving everyone an equal voice
- Making it easy for people to share their views
- Ensuring feedback leads to change
How can I get involved?
There are lots of ways that you can get involved.
You can join:
- Your local Patient Participation Group at your GP surgery
- Subscribe to our monthly newsletter
- Subscribe to our monthly podcast – follow ‘Health Conversations on…’ on Spotify and Apple Podcasts
- Join one of our Maternity Voice Partnerships. Find your local Maternity Voices
- Respond to our consultations (see below)
- Join one of our formal groups
There are a number of consultations that are open for feedback. Visit the links below and make your views heard.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (BLMK ICS) is developing a Digital Strategy to reflect how health and care services will be delivered in the future, making best use of the technology available. A Digital Strategy is a plan that explains how we will use digital services in the future. developing a strategy for digital health and care services.
Central Bedfordshire are working on an initiative to get more people cycling and walking. The views of residents are being sought on route networks and to shape a local cycling and walking infrastructure plan.
Some events have already taken place, but there is still time to get involved by attending events in November and December.
- Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre (26 November 2022, 10am-2pm)
- Houghton Regis Leisure Centre (3 December 2022, 10am-2pm)
- Dunstable Leisure Centre (10 December 2022, 10am-2pm)
Patients and carers with lived experience of mental health are invited to work with East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) as equal partners to help shape a new-look mental health inpatient service for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton.
ELFT want to build a new £75m mental health unit in Bedford and redevelop existing services in Luton. Whilst in its early stages, ELFT believe working with those who have experience of mental health is vital in modernising their inpatient care programme.
We are planning a service re-design of Musculoskeletal (MSK) services.
We are inviting residents who been treated for pain in their bones, joints or muscles in the last 5 years to join a focus group to tell us about their experiences to help us understand how services can be improved.
Focus groups are being held in November 2022. Information about the focus groups can be seen here
The vision for Luton 2040 is to ensure that everyone in the town has the opportunity to thrive and no-one has to live in poverty. Luton's Sport and Physical Activity Strategy will assist with achieving the council's vision by reducing the prevalence of physical inactivity and obesity levels, and will promote the wider health benefits associated with physical activity as well as impacting positively on reducing inequalities within the town.
Surveys are available for residents to share their views.
The consultation will close on 22 February 2023.
Volunteering with health and care organisations in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) is a great way to support your local community.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved from volunteering for your local hospital or ambulance trust, for an organisation that works with the NHS, for your local council or supporting your community.
Volunteering can be highly rewarding. To find out how to get involved, contact the volunteer managers within our Partners, visit the Volunteering web pages on Partner websites or browse the UK’s national volunteering database.
In Central Bedfordshire and Luton, Community Voluntary Service (CVS) run volunteer centre services working with individuals and organisations. In addition, Voluntary Works is a consortium of local voluntary and community sector organisations.
In Milton Keynes, CA:MK is a hub for volunteering. They match volunteers with opportunities with local charities and community groups.