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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.

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