The full document can be found on their website www.nhsmidandsouthessex.co.uk
It breaks down into six sections but is currently short on outcomes.
The sections focussing on what the consultation is about, at home and in your community and exploring options around change and specialist services will be of interest to RCN member.
The biggest challenge the RCN faces is the debate around merger and changing roles within the acute sector.
The claim is they can increase beds by 50 across the three main NHS sites within this footprint, but there are no details of winners and losers in the changing face of acute care.
What we mustn’t forget is that more healthcare is provided outside the acute setting, from community to primary care from mental health to learning disability.
Care is being provide in people’s homes, nursing homes and residential homes. Care is being provided by a substantial number of partners that as yet the RCN have not formed any relationship/friendship with.
The RCN does have a good working relationship with the STP but like everyone else we were shocked at the sudden announcement of a merger of hospital services provided at Basildon, Southend and Chelmsford.
While we are confident this won’t have any direct effect on frontline care we remain concerned about the movement of services and patients.
This will have some impact on staff, but as local residents this may have a greater impact.
The RCN will be updating members via local workplace meetings but we would encourage as many members as possible to review and pass comment of the proposals before 9 March.
Remember this isn’t just about our careers but the future of our local services.