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Have your say on public health changes in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 18:02 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 18:02 04 January 2016

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Bexley council has opened a consultation into reviewing the way health services are provided in the borough

Local people are being invited to give their views on proposed changes to public health services in Bexley.

The council has opened a consultation on proposals that will affect all of its health services and staff.

It is reviewing those that were transferred from the NHS in 2013 as a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, and considering the impact of recent government reductions in public health grant, the council’s budget pressures and predicted population changes.

Cabinet member Peter Craske said: “The proposals on which we are seeking people’s views aim to focus the work of the public health team on the services set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

“Our aim is address the important public health issues that impact on our residents’ lives with the significantly reduced resources now available to us.”

Current providers of services and the voluntary sector will be encourage to contribute to the review, to help explore different ways of delivering services and information.

The proposals include reviews of:

• Contracts providing support to HIV patients, south east London sexual health work, the Health Trainer Service and Royal Society for Public Health training.

• Public Health advice to the NHS and public health analytics to support key strategies and planning.

• The sexual health transformation programme, including collaborative commissioning for genitourinary medicine, the integrated sexual health tariff, London Sexual Health Transformation Project, pan-London HIV prevention, virtual online STI testing, young people’s sexual health services and the return of sexual health services to the NHS.

• Substance misuse services.

• Children’s community services, including health visiting and school nursing.

• Lifestyles services, including NHS Health checks, children and young people’s mental health, obesity and smoking cessation.

Some of this work, particularly where it involves service redesign, will be developed further over the coming months.

Further consultation and discussion with interested local organisations will take place once clear and specific proposals are identified.

Residents can take part by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/healthpriorities and completing the survey online by February 5.

Paper copies of the survey are available in libraries, where free internet access is available, and from the Civic Offices, Bexleyheath

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