PERFORMANCE: NHS organisations in Peterborough are planning to focus on preventative services, after a meeting was held to discuss strategic planning in the city.

Representatives from NHS Peterborough, Peterborough City Council, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire Community Services, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust, and patient groups met on the 6 October to discuss “a strategic plan for Peterborough”.

The event was facilitated by King’s Fund chief executive Chris Ham.

A paper submitted to the primary care trust’s board said the workshop would discuss: “problems created by: (a) smoking, alcohol and substance misuse, obesity, diet and exercise, (b) the growth of the elderly population and long term conditions and (c) a very difficult financial position (historic debt, flat cash going forward, and high amounts of PFI commitment in the system)”.

NHS Peterborough’s director of strategic change Paul Whiteside told HSJ the group was looking at “demographic trends and the financial context” facing the city.

“We need a strategic shift to prevention to provide community based services for growing numbers of elderly people and people with long term conditions,” he said.

He said the group was going to produce a “strategic framework in which people can undertakes planning”.