Find out the details and outcomes of previous (closed) consultations run by our CCG.
Engagement period: June and July 2018
Engagement closed: 23 July 2018
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: As part of our work to improve the experiences of carers and support their vital contribution, the three Bradford district and Craven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local councils worked together to commission a carers’ support service.
Throughout June and July 2018, we engaged with local carers to hear their views and experiences. Around 450 carers took part, telling us about what matters most to them, what challenges they face and what helps them keep going. We used this insight to develop the support service for carers across our district.
What people told us: 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 easy for them to access in their local community. Based on what we heard, the service specification for carers’ support will now include elements to address these needs.
People from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds and working carers told us that they often found it particularly hard to get support. The new carers’ 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.
How we are using what people told us: We have used the information to plan and commission a new Carers’ Support Service that will be in place from April 2019.
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.
How we share information: We do not share or publish any information which identifies individual responses, but may use anonymous quotes from people's answers to highlight themes. We analysed all the responses to this survey to identify important themes in what people tell us. These influence the way we commission the Carers' Support Service, and help us in setting priorities across Bradford district and Craven.
Who are carers? A carer is anyone – child or adult - who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.
The role of unpaid carers is estimated to contribute over £900 million to the health and care economy in Bradford District and Craven.
Engagement closed: 14 March 2018
Area(s) covered: England (this was a national consultation, led by NHS England)
NHS England launched a national consultation about reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines.
Since the consultation closed, NHS England has issued advice on their website which we are now adopting.
We encouraged you to contribute your views 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 you with information about the proposed national guidance and to seek your 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.
The consultation covered prescriptions for items to treat a condition:
Some vitamins, minerals and probiotics were 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.
Consultation period: 14 November 2017 – 27 February 2018
Area(s) covered: The Craven district (NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG) and Bentham (NHS Morecambe Bay CCG)
Final report on consultation: You can read the final report on the consultation here.
What we asked about during the consultation: We consulted local people and other stakeholders about the future of community care services in Craven – including the future of Castleberg Hospital. This followed a previous period of engagement in August and September 2017 (see archive) after a 10-bedded ward at Castleberg Hospital was temporarily withdrawn on safety grounds following ongoing issues with the power supply, heating and drainage at the Giggleswick site.
The feedback from previous engagement helped us to plan the ensuing consultation, and informed the two options on which it was based. These were:
A third option – to build a new facility – was discounted on the grounds of cost and did not form part of the consultation.
The consultation encompassed community services for adults – whether in hospital or in people’s own homes – when they need rehabilitation, more support to prevent them becoming acutely unwell, or care when they are nearing, or at, the end of their life.
What people told us: In all, 975 questionnaires and 31 letters/emails were returned before the closing date of the consultation, together with a petition signed by 269 people. A further online petition, which was not formally submitted to the CCG contained a further 369 signatures. The vast majority of people who responded asked the CCG to repair and re-open Castleberg Hospital and continue to provide care in the community, citing a range of reasons including:
You can read a full report on the consultation here.
How we have used what people told us: Following the decision to repair and re-open Castleberg Hospital, the CCG, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust (as the service provider), and NHS Property Services Ltd (the owner of the building) have been working with local people to investigate what additional usage could be made of the building. It is anticipated that Castleberg Hospital will re-open, after the completion of building work, in the summer of 2019.
Consultation closed: 15 January 2018
Area(s) covered: Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven
Final engagement report: You can read the final GP Services Commissioning Strategy Final Engagement Report here.
What was asked during the engagement: As part of developing a new strategy for commissioning (buying) GP services in our area, our CCG wanted to seek the views of patients and the public. We used this feedback to help us understand what matters most to people in our area and to help shape our strategy for buying services.
The purpose of the strategy is to ensure the best health outcomes for patients. The strategy was intended to describe the steps we think are needed to maintain and continue improving the quality of services. It also aimed to reduce differences in care between services and to address how primary medical care services can be sustained in the long term.
As commissioners, the organisation responsible for buying services, it is important for us to know that primary medical care services are high quality, safe and that they offer best value.
You can find the final strategy for 2017-2021 on the strategies page of our website.
You can view the easy read version of the GP services commissioning strategy here.