People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being asked to share their views on healthcare patients receive at home and in local communities as the local NHS looks to improve community health services.

Community health services cover a wide range of care, from supporting patients to manage long-term conditions like complex diabetes or respiratory conditions to treating those who are seriously ill with complex conditions.

Most community healthcare takes place in people’s homes or other out of hospital healthcare settings like GP practices. This is supported by care in community hospitals, with teams of nurses and therapists coordinating care and working with GPs and social care professionals.

Community health services also provide preventative and health improvement services, often working with GP practices, local councils and the community and voluntary sector.

The current arrangements for community health services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland date back a number of years with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust as the main provider.

The local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which plan and fund local healthcare services, are now considering changing services to help more people be cared for at home and in local communities.

The work builds on plans to transform healthcare set out under Better Care Together, which was formerly known as the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Feedback from the public, doctors and other healthcare staff showed that the NHS needs to review community services, including the type and number of community beds, to support better, more joined-up care, reduce hospital admissions and help patients live more independently.

This survey is designed for patients who are receiving community based healthcare, family carers and frontline health and care staff. Answers to this survey are anonymous. The findings will be used to shape initial proposals for change, which are anticipated later this year. Further public involvement will follow with full public consultation if the proposed changes are significant.