The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is undertaking a survey to examine practical issues relevant to taking into account 'health and care infrastructure' by Local Authorities in the (town and country) planning process (local plans and planning applications for new developments). This project forms part of the Association's Reuniting Health with Planning initiative. 

National planning policy and legislation requires the planning process to consider health and care infrastructure needs by working with relevant providers. But there is no nationally-prescribed guidance or advice. While there are areas of good practice, through TCPA's activities, there are constant calls for greater clarity and guidance to help inform better practice. Evidence of the opportunities include in 2010, through the planning process, more than £13 million was secured for health services from development. Can planners and health professionals work better together to help improve investment in the NHS as part of local growth aspirations?  

In order for TCPA to provide support, the first step to gather feedback from practitioners working in Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, health and social care providers, national and local health and planning agencies. While this survey takes the English context, responses from devolved nations also welcome. 

This short survey should take no more than 10 minutes so thank you in advance. 

Your responses will be kept anonymous in the analysis of findings. At the end of the survey, you will be given the option to sign up to receive the research findings when they are published. You can also sign up for a TCPA seminar on 'Health Infrastructure in Planning: Demystified" on the 12 October in London.

For any questions or for further information, please contact Michael Chang, michael.chang@tcpa.org.uk or on 0207 9308903.

* 1. Your main profession activity

* 2. Are you working in

* 3. In which region is your work/ activities based?

* 4. In relation to the project topic, in which thematic areas do you work? Tick all that apply.

* 5. If you work in the town planning profession, do you proactively seek to engage with the health profession in planning for local health infrastructure needs?

* 6. If you work in the health profession, do you proactively seek to engage with the planning profession in planning for local health infrastructure needs?

* 7. The National Planning Policy Framework requires Local Planning Authorities to work with other authorities and providers to assess the quality and capacity of infrastructure for health/social care, and its ability to meet forecast demands. Are you aware of this?

* 8. The Localism Act 2011 requires cooperation between the Local Planning Authorities, the CCG and NHS Commissioning Board in relation to strategic planning for healthcare infrastructure. Are you aware of this?

* 9. How often is healthcare needs and infrastructure planning an issue in your day-to-day work?

* 10. In what ways are you required to consider planning for healthcare needs and infrastructure in your day-to-day work? Tick all that apply.

* 11. In relation to Question 10, where you get advice from and from whom do you obtain information, advice and guidance? Tick all that apply.

* 12. What are your key barriers in having healthcare infrastructure adequately provided for through the planning system? (Please choose up to 5)

* 13. To what extent do you feel you have adequate knowledge and skills to deal with planning for healthcare needs and infrastructure issues through the planning process?

* 14. Do you think it is important to better link and share information on planning for health infrastructure needs between planning and healthcare bodies?

* 15. What further support do you think you would require on this topic? Tick all that apply.

* 16. Are you aware whether your Local Authority Local Plan and/ or Infrastructure Delivery Plan set out healthcare requirements? If yes, how? Tick all that apply.

* 17. Do you think health strategies and plans such as the Sustainability and Transformation Plans, Estates Strategies, or Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies are relevant for the planning profession to take into account when making planning decisions?

* 18. General comments and opportunity to provide qualitative feedback and/ or you wish to put forward a good practice example. 

* 19. Please provide your email if you wish to be informed about the Project's output.

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