Engagement and consultation
We are committed to ensuring that our delivery of engagement and consultation meets the needs of our local population. Our Communications and Engagement Strategy sets out the CCG’s principles for engagement and consultation, our approach to working with local people and the process we will follow. Our Engagement Action Plan for 19/20 which describes how we will implement the strategy is in development and will be published once available.
When planning or buying local health services, we must take the views of local people, patients and carers, as well as the people who represent them into account.
Engagement is the act of gathering views in order to understand a view of something. It is usually part of a listening exercise about a service. Each year, we run a number of activities designed to encourage local people to have their say about future health services.
Engagement describes the continuing and ongoing process of developing relationships and partnerships, so that the voice of local people and partners is heard and that our plans are shared at the earliest possible stages.
We are working hard to include people in the shaping of local health services. We want to do this because it helps us to make sure we are improving our services in ways that meet your needs. It is really important for us to hear people’s comments, ideas and suggestions about ways in which we can make services better.
Consultation is the formal process and takes place after an engagement. Formal consultation describes the statutory requirement imposed on NHS bodies to consult with overview and scrutiny committees (OSCs), patients, the public and stakeholders when considering a proposal for a substantial development of the health service, or for a substantial variation in the provision of a service.
Formal consultation is carried out if a change is ‘significant’. This is determined where the proposal or plan is likely to have a substantial impact.
The outcome of a formal consultation must be reported to the Governing Body in public, along with the feedback received. The CCG must be able to demonstrate views have been taken into account as part of any recommendations and/or decision making.
See the lists on the right for more details about current engagement and consultation activities.
We are doing some further follow up work to our ‘Week in A&E’ engagement.
Click here for details about the CCG’s past engagement and consultation activity, and what we have done with what you have told us.
Annual Statement of Involvement
Every year we produce a report on all our engagement and consultation activity. The Annual Statement of Involvement is received at our Annual AGM. The statement provides information on all the local work we have delivered over the past year. More information here.
The Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and Barnsley TCP plans focus on developing quality community services with crisis response teams to support people with a learning disability and/or autism. More information here.
We need your views on …
Consultation on specialised vascular services in West Yorkshire
NHS England Yorkshire and Humber region is asking patients and the public for their views on proposals for the future of specialised vascular services in West Yorkshire.
Vascular services reconstruct, unblock or bypass arteries and are often one-off specialist procedures to reduce the risk of sudden death or amputation and prevent stroke.
Currently the specialised vascular services in West Yorkshire are delivered from three centres – Leeds General Infirmary, Bradford Royal Infirmary and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Based on a need to reduce the number of specialised vascular centres from three to two identified by Yorkshire and The Humber Clinical Senate, the proposed recommendation being consulted on is that those centres should be at Leeds General Infirmary due to its status as a major trauma centre, and Bradford Royal Infirmary due to its co-location with renal care. The proposals could result in all specialised vascular surgery that requires an overnight hospital stay being transferred from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to Bradford Royal Infirmary, which would potentially affect up to 800 patients a year.