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You can find out the details and outcomes of previous (closed) consultations run by our CCG. Expand each section to find out more.

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Engagement with carers in Bradford District and Craven

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.

Reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines

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:

  • 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 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.

Community care services for people living in Craven (including the future of Castleberg Hospital) - consultation

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 consultationWe 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:

  • option 1: continue to provide inpatient care in the community and repair/restore Castleberg Hospital
  • option 2: provide an enhanced range of care in people’s home or in an alternative community setting (determined by need), and close Castleberg Hospital.

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.

You can read the full consultation document here an easy read version is available here.

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:

  • a feeling that care in the community/at home was not as good as inpatient care, usually because of lack of continuity of care and short visits.
  • concern that there weren’t enough care home beds available in the area.
  • the role of Castleberg, both as a centre of care, a historically respected institution, its value to the area and positive experiences of those who had used it.
  • the potential to expand the role of Castleberg Hospital.
  • a lack of trust that option two would be carried through and maintained into the future, and that it would be particularly vulnerable to funding cuts.
  • the role that the rural geography of the area, and the lack of infrastructure, and the increasingly elderly population played in enabling people to access healthcare.

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, by the end of 2019.

GP services commissioning strategy

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.

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.

Wheelchairs and orthotics

Engagement period: 18 January - 10 May 2019

Areas covered: Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven

Closing date: 10 May 2019

Feedback from engagement: you can read the engagement report here

What was asked about during the engagement: 

We engaged with local people about the proposed introduction of referral guidance and criteria for wheelchair and orthotics services provided by the mobility services department of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. 

You can read more about why we are engaged here.

You can view the easy read version of the document here.

Information about the results of the engagement will be published soon. 

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.

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.

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. 

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