NHS Borders is half way through a twelve week consultation period inviting patients, carers, staff, partner agencies and members of the public to feed back their thoughts and views on the proposals that will ensure the future delivery of high quality healthcare to the Scottish Borders. 

 
NHS Borders Clinical Strategy outlines a number of Key Principles that will allow NHS Borders to tackle future challenges and continue to provide excellent patient care over the next five years. NHS Borders will look at how services are configured highlighting opportunities to improve accessibility to the healthcare services in the Borders.
 
Calum Campbell, NHS Borders Chief Executive said “To accommodate the increasing demand across all of our services we require a radical and innovative approach to how they are provided. This presents an opportunity to explore new models of care, with a focus on integration of services where possible. Healthcare services affect everyone and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to share your views with us by participating in this consultation.”
 
He added; “We can capitalise on the opportunity to ensure care is person-centred, integrated and responsive whilst ensuring NHS Borders is an efficient and effective organisation and our performance remains amongst the best in Scotland. 
 
“Your feedback is vital to help shape the future healthcare we provide to you and this consultation is the most effective way for us to hear from you.”
 
The Clinical Strategy consultation document can be found here and includes a link to the Electronic Feedback Form that will allow you to submit your feedback online.

The consultation contains only 5 feedback questions on the Key Principles from the Clinical Strategy. Those completing the feedback form can remain anonymous if they prefer this option.
 
The Clinical Strategy consultation document will be available in a number of locations throughout the Scottish Borders, however a paper format or as a PDF document is available on request. For your copy please email public.involvement@borders.scot.nhs.uk or telephone Freephone 0800 7314052.
 
NHS Borders will be attending the Scottish Borders Area Forum meetings to provide you with the opportunity to give us your views on the Clinical Strategy. The Area Forum meeting dates are as follows:
 
Teviot & Liddesdale Area Forum, Tuesday 22 April, 6.30pm in the Lesser Hall, Town Hall, Hawick
Eildon Area Forum, Wednesday 30 April, 6.30pm in the Corn Exchange, Melrose
Tweeddale Area Forum, Wednesday 7 May, 6.30pm, venue to be confirmed in the Peebles area
Cheviot Area Forum, Wednesday 4 June, 6.30pm, venue to be confirmed in the Kelso area
Berwickshire Area Forum, Thursday 5 June, 6.30pm, Council Chamber, Duns
 
You will see the agenda for each of the Area Forum meetings on Scottish Borders Council website as they become available:http://councilpapers.scotborders.gov.uk/calendar.asp 

All responses received online or to the Freepost address between 10 March to 6 June 2014 are welcome.

Paper response forms should be sent to:
Freepost RTHK-ZGZS-JTZC 
NHS Borders 
Education Centre 
Borders General Hospital 
MELROSE 
TD6 9BS