Ottery Health Matters is an index to resources in Ottery St Mary to find anything related to Health and Wellbeing. It includes pages on health and social care and volunteer organisations, as well as clubs, group, societies and associations – anything to do with staying active and well -in mind and body.

Ottery Health Matters is provided free, as a service to the people of Ottery St Mary, by the Ottery St Mary and District Health and Care Forum aka OSM H&CF.

There used to be 24 community hospitals in Devon and each had a Forum (Team) comprised of members of the public and hospital and health professionals and GP, plus representatives from Town/Parish/District and County Council, Hospital League of Friends; Police, Community Groups; Chemists; local Care Home(s); etc. etc., including the Complex Care Team Manager of the area.

The Teams always met in their respective community hospital… and (in those days) – over lunch to enable staff members to attend. Lunch was provided. There was no budget – nor pay for the ‘officers’, chair,secretary etc. There were annual meetings of all the Devon teams, but these were stopped some time ago when things started to change in the NHS.

Elli Pang eventually became chair of the Ottery Team, about eight years ago. They did quite a lot of actual work and for a while so did the other East Devon teams (incl. Ottery, Honiton, Axminster, Seaton, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Budleigh) jointly. Over time some of the teams disappeared. Elli Pang got ‘permission’ (maybe 4 years ago) to try and re-start them – and she did;with the team Chairs meeting from time to time, and even reporting back to –and ‘engaging’ with the NEWCCG and any/all other parts of the local NHS and Social Services, and still does.

A key activity of the OSM H&CF has been to set up this website and try to save the OSM Hospital – here is a list of our recent progress:

OSM & District Health and Care Forum – Progress to Date
In addition to holding regular forum meetings, over the last twelve months – Elli Pang and Leigh Edwards, plus other specific members of the OSM H&CF, have engaged frequently with NEWCCG and RD&E at senior level
Had a guided visit around Budleigh Health and Wellbeing Hub and the Topsham Hub
Meetings with Budleigh Hospital League of Friends Chair / WEB Area Chair
Are engaged with Coleridge GPs – Dr Simon Kerr and Dr Nigel de Sousa
Meetings with Coleridge PPG Chairman
Meetings with Chair of OSM Hospital League of Friends
Organised and held a Community Conversation Event on 29th June 2018 – attended by CCG, RD&E, DCC, GPs, OSM Hospital, Sir Hugo Swire
Attended other Community Conversation Events in WAKLEY area
Set up a OSM Health Matters a Health and Wellbeing Index Website and a Otteryhealthmatters Facebook page
Meeting with outgoing CEO and incoming CEO of Westbank Ltd re Budleigh Hub and NHS Property Services
Meetings with CEO of LED Leisure, with CEO of local care company, with Chief Officer of OSM Help Scheme
Meetings with OSM Town Council Group, including the Mayor and with representatives of six OSM Parishes
Meetings with representatives of other Health and Care Forum leads in WAKLEY area
Meetings with East Devon Health CEO and Chair – Federation of 13 GP Practices in East Devon
Meetings with members of EDDC Community Support Team
Meetings with EDDC CEO
Meetings with members of DCC Community Support Team and with Claire Wright DCC Councillor for OSM – we have tried to be inclusive!
Meetings with Sir Hugo Swire MP and his Personal Assistant
Recent guided visit around OSM Hospital by Regional Management
After urging by OSM H&CF Sir Hugo Swire persuaded Matt Hancock the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to visit the Budleigh Hub, and then the OSM Hospital – Matt Hancock declared “this fantastic site has a bright future!”
Elli Pang was then personally invited to meet Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care at the OSM Hospital – this was based on her unrivalled knowledge and connections in this field
OSM H&CF have since written to Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health & Social Care re rental charges by NHS Property Services and their effects on the future of the Community Hospitals
Meetings with Deputy CEO of RD&E NHS Trust and Integration Director of RD&E NHS Trust
OSM H&CF held a Community Conversation Review Meeting (Nov 15th) with representative from RD&E, CCG, DCC, EDDC, GP’s and PPG, and issued a detailed report on the event findings
OSM H&CF have created a Steering Group of Health and Social Care Professionals who are very well informed about health and care policies plus developments arising in Devon which may influence services locally
Formed a Company Limited by Guarantee – Ottery Health Matters Ltd, currently registering Ottery Health Matters Ltd as a Charity
Currently engaged in dialogue and meetings with NHS Property Services Ltd senior management re the future of the empty space in the building
Recent (27/11/2018) Ministerial question about their actions to secure the future of Ottery Hospital raised by Hugo Swire in the House of Commons – inspired after a recent telephone call with Elli Pang.
Received a statement from Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage that there were no plans to close the Hospital.
NEWCCG Meeting – 11 Jan 2019 to discuss opportunities for local groups/ organisations to rent space within OSM Hospital and work liaising with groups to determine the local appetite for this.
Meeting with CEO of DCC Dr Phil Norrey 15th Jan 2019
Further engagement with the local GP’s, obtained a clear statement of support from them about the future of the Hospital. That situation has also become a little clearer due to a very recent review meeting.
OSM H&CF is in regular dialogue with the Hospital League of Friends, and are now about to engage with the Committee and Board of Trustees to find a common way forward.
Community Health and Wellbeing event 12th April organised by Ottery St Mary Later Life Forum, Ottery & District Health and Care Forum, closely with Age UK Devon.
Meeting with Hugo Swire, RD&E, NEWCCG, GP’s, OSM H&CF on 1st March 2019. Next meeting planned for early June 2019.