The Merton Health and Care Plan began with an event in 2018 bringing together frontline staff, local people and community organisations to identify the important issues for the area.
Our Health and Care Plan
It was developed as the NHS, council, voluntary sector and Healthwatch, who looked at the challenges facing the borough, and how different organisations working closely together, can make a real difference.
After the pandemic the plan was updated in light of the impact of Covid-19, and the lessons learned, with a continued commitment to reduce inequalities and join up services.
After talking to our community in Merton and reviewing the latest population evidence, we have collectively refreshed our vision and priorities with our partners:
Working together to reduce inequalities and provide truly joined-up health and care services with and for all people in Merton, so they start, live and age well in a healthy place
- We want all children in Merton, regardless of their background or circumstances, to have the support and care they need to grow and thrive.
- We will work to change the way young people access health and wellbeing services, continuing to develop support in the places they already go, such as schools and community-based locations.
- We want to better support working age adults in Merton to improve their health and wellbeing.
- We want to make sure services are delivered in, and with, our diverse communities.
- We will pilot health and wellbeing offers on high streets and in community and faith venues.
- We will develop more options for people to personalise their care, based on needs, and focus on physical, mental health, and social issues, such as employment.
- We want to connect older people to community networks in new and different ways post Covid.
- We will work with the voluntary and community sector to support older people to re-engage with and access community resources for their health and wellbeing post Covid.
- We want to ensure people’s needs are matched with the services available.