Engagement and consultation

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.  Each year, we run a number of engagement activities designed to encourage local people to have their say about future health services.  You’ll find more details about current and past engagement activities below:

Current engagement activities

Extended Access to GP services

NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS North Kirklees CCGs want to improve the healthcare available to people living in the Kirklees area.  We have been given extra funding to improve access to GP services by ensuring that more appointments are available during the early morning, evening and at weekends. This may not be in your local surgery, but would be offered at another location.  To help us develop our plans for increasing the number of appointments, we’d like to hear your views.

Please take a few minutes to complete this short questionnaire.   A printable version of the survey is available here.  Your feedback will be used by each CCG to help develop services within their own area to meet the needs of the local population.

Have your say on care home support services in North Kirklees

NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking at how it can improve the health services that older people receive in care homes.  In particular we are thinking about:

  • Providing all care home residents with regular health and wellbeing reviews and assessments
  • Using technology such as video calls to allow care homes and their residents to get quick and easy access to urgent advice and support from health professionals (Telehealth)
  • Identifying one GP practice to support all the residents in a particular care home.

We would like to hear your views about these ideas and have asked Healthwatch Kirklees to help us.  We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone with experience of local services including residents and their carers, relatives and friends and care home staff.

We will use your views, experiences and thoughts to help us shape our services for the future.

Please complete the survey by Sunday 22 October 2017.  You can complete the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CareHomespt

If you need any more information, would like help in completing this survey or require a paper copy, please contact Amanjot Aujla Tel: 01924 504938 Email: Amanjot.Aujla@northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk

NHS England – Consultation on items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care

Last year, 1.1 billion prescription items were dispensed in primary care at a cost of £9.2 billion. In many cases, patients are receiving medicines which have been proven to be ineffective or in some cases even dangerous, for which there are other more effective, safer and/or cheaper alternatives.  NHS England in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners is consulting on proposed national guidance for CCGs on medicines which can be considered to be of low priority for NHS funding. These medicines are detailed within the consultation document and include homeopathy and herbal treatments. The consultation period closes on 21 October 2017. Click here to read the consultation document and access the online survey.

Engagement events – 2017/18

View reports from engagement events here.

Patient Choice 

A short engagement exercise was undertaken to find out whether patients are being offered choice when they are referred by their GP for further treatment. The findings of this engagement can be found here.

Talk health Kirklees
Talk health Kirklees is an open and honest conversation about the future of local healthcare.  Find out more here.

Past engagement activity

Engagement and consultation 2016-17

Engagement and consultation 2015-16

Engagement and consultation 2014-15

Engagement and consultation 2013-14

Patient and Public Engagement Annual Report