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Changes to health and care services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The NHS and local government officers have come together to develop a major new plan to keep Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fit for the Future. Our plan covers hospital services, community healthcare, mental health, social care and GP services. Our plan aims to:

  • improve the quality of the services we provide
  • encourage and support people to take action to maintain their own health and wellbeing
  • ensure that our health and care services are financially sustainable and that we make best use of the money allocated to us
  • align NHS and local authority plans.

We are working together and taking joint responsibility for improving our population’s health and wellbeing, outcomes and experiences of care.

Read a summary of our plan – Fit for the Future – here


Improving how we provide clinical services

Watch our video - An overview of our Fit for the Future NHS plan and how to get involved, with Dr Alex Gimson, Consultant Hepatologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and chair of the Programme's Clinical Advisory Group.


Review of minor injury services

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguard programme is to develop local urgent and emergency health services to support people to keep well and provide more effective co-ordination of home care, mental health, community, GP, ambulance and hospital services.

As part of this programme there is a review of the county’s minor injury services and units. The review of services in East Cambs and Fenland aims to have a service that is better integrated with other services, such as GP practices, community nursing teams and out of hours services, and to better use the skills of clinicians within the minor injury units. No decisions have been made and all the options are at an early stage. Read more here

The review team is engaging with staff, clinicians, partners, patients and the public as they develop the options. Local meetings are being held, and are open to all:

  • Tuesday 23 August, 7.00pm-9.00pm, Doddington Recreation Hall, Doddington Community Hospital, Doddington PE15 0UG
  • Thursday 25 August, 6.30-8.30pm, Rosmini Centre, 69A Queens Road, Wisbech PE13 2PH
  • Thursday 8 September, 6.30-8.00pm, March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, March, Cambs, PE15 8LE
  • Additional dates for Wisbech and Ely to be confirmed.

Have your say on Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough and Stamford hospitals proposed merger

A range of opportunities for people to find out more about the proposed merger between the Trusts running Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough and Stamford hospitals are being held across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Lincolnshire in August and September.

A Full Business Case is being developed following approval of the Outline Business Case which recommended a merger as the best of four options presented to the trust boards in May. The Full Business Case will be presented to both trust boards for their approval in September.

If you would like to hear more or share you views, attend one of the public events:  

  • 31 August, 1.30pm - Peterborough City Hospital
  • 2 September, 4pm - Peterborough Town Hall
  • 5 September, 4pm and 5.30pm - Huntingdon Town Hall

Full details can be found here.


New mental health services

In September, new mental health services will be launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as part of the vanguard programme. The new services include:

  • County-wide First Response Service

The First Response Service, currently only operating in Cambridge, is expanding to cover the whole county. The team provide mental health assessments in the community out-of-hours and respond to urgent referrals from emergency services.

  • New Sanctuary in Peterborough

A second Sanctuary opens in Peterborough, and Cambridge’s Sanctuary will get additional support. This will mean that people in mental health crisis across the whole county will be able to access Sanctuary support.

  • Self-referral to urgent services

People will be able to access urgent mental health care services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by telephone. Calls will be answered 24/7 by trained mental health practitioners.

  • Increased psychiatric support at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

The psychiatric liaison service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital will be increasing its support, to provide cover between 7am and midnight, seven days a week.

Feedback on services is really important, if you want to share your experiences of any of these services, please let us know by emailing