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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


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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: the engagement report is available here. Using this link you will find the engagement report (summary and a full report), the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership response, mapping report and a media release. 

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.

A new clinical commissioning group for Bradford district and Craven

Engagement period:  7 May - 9 June 2019

Engagement closed: 9 June 2019

Area(s) covered:  Bradford district and Craven

Final report on engagement:  Please click here to see the final report on this engagement.  This is a summary of the information that we received during the engagement.

What we asked about during the engagement:

We asked people what they think about a proposal to reduce the number of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Bradford district and Craven from three to one.  This would involve creating one new CCG to cover the whole area.

This proposal is not about any other NHS organisations – like hospitals and mental health, community or family doctor (GP) services – or any care services provided by local councils.  It does not affect any services we buy from voluntary and community sector (VCS) or any other organisations.

To find out more about the proposals, please read the engagement document or watch the video below:


What people told us:  Overall, people who responded were generally supportive of the creation of one CCG provided that the CCG continued to engage with local people about services.  There was some concern about funding in inner city areas, and about greater access to services in rural parts of the area such as Craven.  These, and other views, were taken into account by doctors when they made the decision to create one CCG.

To mitigate these concerns, the CCGs have committed to building on the 14 community partnerships established as part of the overall Bradford district and Craven system to ensure that this is the basis of engaging with local people.  CCG funding will be reported at community partnership level to ensure a clear line of sight on resources, and the operating model for them will ensure a good local focus.

How we are using what people told us:  We have used the information to inform a decision made by our Councils of Members/Council of Representatives about whether to create a new CCG for Bradford district and Craven.

Frailty and technology

Engagement period: May 2018 

Area(s) covered: Leeds and Bradford CCG areas 

What was asked about during the engagement: In May 2018, Leeds and Bradford CCGs worked with research colleagues to develop a proposal to be a 'test-bed site' to research new technologies which might support frail, older people to live more independently at home. 

You can read the full report and the outcomes here



West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts, phase 2 - cholesterol engagement 

Engagement closed: 30 June 2019

Area(s) covered: West Yorkshire and Harrogate

Engagement report: the outcome of the engagement will be published on the West Yorskhire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts website. 

About the engagement: In phase two of the Healthy Hearts project, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts team focused on cholesterol.

There are two types of cholesterol – good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. If the level of bad cholesterol in your blood is too high it can increase the risk of a heart attack and stroke. To try to prevent that from happening GPs will very often prescribe statins for patients who have high levels of bad cholesterol or who are at risk of a heart attack and stroke. A key piece of this work will be when GPs write out to people recommending that they are prescribed a statin for the first time and also that some people have their existing prescription changed - if it is not working. This will be supported by lots of information on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts website

People were asked for their views on this work. They had the opportunity to fill out a quick survey. 

To find out more about this engagement, or for more information about any aspect of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts programme, email WYHHealthyHearts@yhahsn.com or visit the website.

ActEarly - Born In Bradford 

Engagement closed: September 2019

Area(s) covered: Bradford 

Engagement report: the outcome of the engagement will be published on the Born in Bradford website

About the engagement: Born in Bradford wanted to hear from people about what makes a happy and healthy child. The engagement was related to an an exciting new project called ‘ActEARLY’. ActEARLY will brings together different groups of people including researchers, policy makers and people living and working in communities from Bradford, in order to develop new and exciting projects to improve the health and happiness of families living in Bradford. The vision is to promote a healthier, happier, and fairer future for children through a focus on improving environments that influence health, and enhancing life opportunities. In ActEARLY they will be co-producing research with members of the community, researchers and other key stakeholders; this means that they will be talking to lots of different people about what they think is important.

Preparing for end of life care

Engagement closed: 9 July 2019

Area(s) covered: Bradford district and Craven

Engagement report: the engagement report will be made available soon. 

About the engagement: 

Health and care providers in Bradford district and Craven want to make sure that everyone in our district receives high quality care at the end of their life. To get this right, we wanted to understand people’s feelings about preparing for end of life – either for yourself or those closest to you.

The Engaging People team ran small discussion groups to listen to peoples thoughts. These sessions will help to inform a new local plan for end of life care. They also asked local people to complete a survey. 


Outpatient services at Shipley Hospital

Engagement closed: 22 November 2019

Area(s) covered: Bradford district

Engagement report: the engagement report will be made available soon.

About the engagement

We are thinking about the future of the services provided at Shipley Hospital and wanted to hear what people think about the outpatient services provided there. No decisions about the services, or the hospital, have been made; we will use your views to help us think about how and where the services should be provided in the future.

You can have a look at the questions that we asked in the engagement document which helped us to understand your preferences about how outpatient health services (such as physiotherapy or x-ray) are provided. They will also help us to think how and where these services may be offered in the future, and to plan and run a future consultation about our proposals for the services.

Built over 100 years ago, Shipley Hospital (at 98 Kirkgate, Shipley BD18 3LT) is a large converted house.  Over time, it was a maternity home and a community hospital.  Today, outpatient services and a support group occupy the ground floor.  The first floor inpatient ward was closed in May 2010 because of significant fire safety issues.

Whilst it is safe to provide services to patients on the ground floor, the building continues to pose issues for staff and patients due to its age and condition.  Frequently there are issues with the roof and the fabric of the building, for example. Sadly, the age and structure of the building mean it is not possible to improve the standard to that of a modern, purpose-built, health facility.   This is why we are considering the future of the services at the hospital.  If these move to other locations, the hospital could be closed and proceeds from its sale returned to the NHS.

NHS services include physiotherapy (five days) and occupational therapy (four half days), x-ray (four mornings), and outpatient clinics (one half day a week) for general surgery and memory assessment, and two half day sessions for older people’s psychiatry.  Bradford Bereavement Support also provides a counselling service (two days).

Before making any final decisions about the services, we will talk to you again about what we have heard as a result of this engagement, and how this information has influenced our proposals for the future.  At this time, we will present full proposals for the future for you to comment upon.

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