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On this page you can find more information about the previous engagements and consultations that we have run over the past couple of years. Expand the section that you are interested in to find out more.

For information about consultation and engagement from earlier years, visit our archive

2018-19:

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Engagement with carers in Bradford District and Craven

Consultation period: June and July 2018

Consultation closed: 23 July 2018

Area(s) covered: Bradford district and Craven

Feedback from engagement: 

Around 450 carers took part in the engagement, telling us about what matters most to them, what challenges they face and what helps them keep going. This insight is being used to develop the support service for carers across our district:

  • carers told us that some of the things that can make the biggest difference to them are good quality advice and information, social support from peers, and a carers support service that’s is easy for them to access in their local community.  Based on what we heard, the service specification for carer’s support will now include elements to address these needs.
  • people from black and multi-ethnicity backgrounds and working carers told us that they often found it particularly hard to get support. The new carer’s support service will be asked to address this by making sure they establish good relationships with local communities and make their services accessible to all carers.

The insight from this engagement will also be used to develop a refreshed carers strategy for Bradford district and Craven, and influence the way other services we commission or provide involve and support carers.

What was asked about during the engagement: 

Bradford Council and the local NHS worked together to understand the experiences of carers across Bradford district and Craven. We wanted to know what's most important to people, so we can commission services that offer the right support to carers.

The engagement influenced the way we commission the Carers' Support Service, and help us in setting priorities across Bradford district and Craven.

The full engagement report is available here.

NHS England national consultation about reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines

Consultation period: 20 December 2017 - 14 March 2018

Consultation closed: 14 March 2018

Area(s) covered: national (England)

Feedback from engagement: Feedback given to NHS England as part of the consultation has been incorporated into the advice on their website.

What was asked about during the engagement: NHS England launched a national consultation about reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines. We encouraged people to contribute to the public consultation being carried out by NHS England on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. The aim of the consultation was to provide people with information about the proposed national guidance and to seek views about the proposals.

The Bradford district and Craven CCGs asked our voluntary and community sector partners (VCS), Engaging People, to find out what local people thought about the national proposals, to help us decide how to implement the changes in our area.  They found that most people understood the need to reduce prescribing of over the counter medications  for minor short-term conditions. You can find these reports on our Engaging People page.

We are now adopting the NHS England advice which is available on their website

Additional information: 

The consultation covered prescriptions for items to treat a condition:

  • that is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord;
  • which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine.

Some vitamins, minerals and probiotics are also included in the proposals as items of low clinical effectiveness which are a high cost to the NHS.

NHS England partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners to carry out the consultation after CCGs asked for a nationally co-ordinated approach to the development of commissioning guidance in this area to ensure consistency and address unwarranted variation. The intention is to produce a consistent, national framework for CCGs to use.

NHS England – national consultation, staff and patients asked for their views on proposals to help the NHS deliver its Long Term Plan

Consultation period: 28 February 2019 - 25 April 2019

Consultation closed: 25 April 2019

Area(s) covered: national (England)

Feedback from engagement: yet to be published by NHS England.

What was asked about during the engagement: 

NHS England invited patients, NHS staff, partner organisations and interested members of the public to give their views on potential proposals for changing current primary legislation relating to the NHS.

Their proposals were based on what they've heard from patients, clinicians, NHS leaders and partner organisations, as well as national professional and representative bodies. They are intended to better enable NHS organisations to work collectively. 

NHS England wanted to hear from as many people and organisations as possible. They intend to share feedback with other NHS bodies, the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Select Committee and the Department of Health and Social Care to further develop ideas.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate five year plan - response to the NHS Long Term Plan

Consultation closed: 3 May 2019

Area(s) covered: West Yorkshire and Harrogate

Feedback from engagement: yet to be published 

What was asked about during the engagement: 

Healthwatch are working with NHS engagement colleagues to have conversations with people to ask their views on the development of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate (WY&H) Health and Care Partnership five year plan. This is in response to the NHS Long Term Plan.

The WY&H plan will set out our ambitions for the next five years and also identify any work needed to align with the NHS Long Term Plan. It will build on our work to date and will be a refresh of ‘Next Steps to Better Health and Care for Everyone’.

Healthwatch have been commissioned by NHS England to coordinate and support some initial engagement work. They will be coordinating two surveys and local focus groups / events across our area.

The two surveys are:

  • what would you do - you can take part in this survey here
  • long term health conditions - you can take part in this survey here.

The closing date for responses is 3 May 2019.

The focus groups / events will take place in our six local areas (Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield). Themes for discussion include ‘personalisation’ and ‘digitalisation’ and what this means to local people.

Healthwatch will submit a report to NHS England at the end of June, with findings from the survey and focus groups/events. A copy of the report will be made available on local Healthwatch, and the WY&H Health and Care Partnership websites once complete.

This important work will help us to identify future areas of engagement both locally and across WY&H. It aims to and Harrogate  complement the work already taking place, as set out in our engagement and consultation mapping work. You can read last year’s publication here and an updated version will be available soon. 

For more information, visit the WY&H Health and Care Partnership website.

You can find out about older consultations and engagement on our archive page.