It had been agreed by NHS Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to scope the introduction of a Health Optimisation programme that would include new criteria which asks patients with a BMI over 30 to lose weight and smokers to quit before undergoing non-urgent elective surgery.
As part of the scoping exercise we needed to understand the needs of people that may be impacted by the introduction of health optimisation. Some initial work had been undertaken during September 2016 – February 2017 by Healthwatch Kirklees and both CCGs, which had provided some insight, but as these views were mainly from White British people they were not representative of our communities. And as such this work needed to focus on gaining the views from those people who are seldom heard and those within protected groups.
To support this work we recruited 13 Community Voices to have conversations within their communities to gain views on what support and information people would require to help them lose weight or stop smoking. The engagement commenced on 6 March 2017 and ran for 5 weeks.
In addition to the work undertaken by the Community Voices, a task and finish group was established to support the scoping of the health optimisation non-elective surgery pathway.
This report capture the findings of this engagement.