Improving Children's Community Health Services - Join the Discussion - POSTPONED

The Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group have had to postpone this event because an insufficient number of people were able to attend on this date.  Thank you to those of our patients who expressed an interest in attending and we will contact you again when we have a new date for the event.

We would like to ask your help in improving children’s community health services in the city.  Your experiences of these services and your views about how they might be improved are important.

This is why we would like to invite you to a small group discussion with other patients who have used these services.

The discussion group will take place at Eastville Health Centre, East Park, Eastville, Bristol, BS5 6YA on Thursday 4 September 2014 from 6.00 – 8.00 pm.

What are community services for children?  Put simply, these are health services that are provided outside hospital, in community settings, in schools, children’s centres or in a person’s own home.  At the moment they cover:

  • Health visiting
  • School nursing
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Community paediatricians
  • Services for vulnerable children including children in care, children with learning disabilities or with life limiting illnesses.

We want to hear from people who use children’s community health services to help plan for the future of these services after April 2016, when the contract with the current provider of these services ends.

Over the past few months our NHS colleagues in the clinical commissioning group (CCG) have been finding out what patients and carers think of the current children’s community health services.  This has helped them better understand what parts of the service work well and what needs to improve.  Using this information the CCG has produced plans for what services might look like in the future.

The next step is to find out what local patients and carers think of these plans.  That is why we would like to invite you to this discussion group to discuss this with a local GP and other patients.

If you would like to take part in this discussion group please let us know by telephoning, or writing to, Sarah Hillman at the Practice by Friday 29 August 2014.   Spaces are limited so please respond to this letter at your earliest convenience if you would like to join us.