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On this page you can look through the details and outcomes of previous consultations, dated before 2018.


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Have your say on improvements to 'critical hours' stroke services

Consultation period: July - September 2015

Consultation closed: September 2015

Area(s) covered: Bradford district and Craven

Final engagement report: You can take a look at the feedback from the engagement here.

What was asked during the engagement: We planned to improve stroke services for people living in and around the Bradford district and Craven to ensure anyone who has a stroke receives consistent and safe care. As part of this plan, the existing hyper acute stroke unit (HASU) at Airedale General Hospital (AGH) will move to Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) where we will create a single HASU for the whole district.

We wanted to gather views from patients and the public about these plans. 

The service, based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, provides round the clock care, seven days a week, giving patients access to the specialist skills, tests and treatments needed to save more lives, improve recovery and reduce disabilities that can result from a stroke – particularly in the first critical 48 hours of care.

You can learn more about the plans here

#oursaycounts - the future of health and social care

Engagement period: July and August 2017

Engagement closed: September 2017

Area(s) covered: Bradford district and Craven

Final report on engagement: You can read the final report on the Healthwatch Bradford and District website. 

What we asked about during the engagement: Healthwatch Bradford and District were commissioned by the three Bradford district and Craven CCGs to create a 'big conversation’ with people across the local area. The aim was to find out what mattered most to people about health and social care, where there might be willingness to compromise and what could be done differently in the future.

People gave their views by filling out an online survey, coming along to an event, email or sharing their thoughts on social media using #oursaycounts.

Over 800 people gave their views. Ideas and comments ranged from individual experiences to thinking about wider issues and the needs of the population.

The final report was used to directly inform and shape the Bradford District and Craven health and care plan for the next five years.

You can find out more about #oursaycounts on the Healthwatch Bradford and District website.

NHS England (national consultation) - items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care

Engagement period: 21 July 2017 - 21 October 2017

Engagement closed: 21 October 2017

Area(s) covered: national (England) 

Final report on engagement: the final engagement report is available on the NHS England website

What was asked during the engagement: 

NHS England launched a national consultation about items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care. The consultation document can be found on the NHS England website

A review of stroke services in West Yorkshire

Engagement period: 1 February 2017 - 1 March 2017

Engagement closed: 1 March 2017

Area(s) covered: West Yorkshire and Harrogate

Final report on engagement: the final report on engagement can be found on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Partnership website.

What was asked during the engagement: Across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, health and care services are working together to ensure stroke services are fit for the future.

Before decisions are made, Healthwatch Bradford and District were asked to find out what people think about the services that are currently provided and what would be important to them now and in the future should they have a stroke, or care for someone who has.

The engagement covered the whole stroke pathway from prevention, the first 72 hrs of care, through to rehabilitation and community support.

In Bradford and Airedale, previous engagement was carried out when changes were made to local stroke services in 2015/16. So to avoid asking people the same questions again, this built on the engagement that was already taken place. You can read about the previous engagement here. 

Healthwatch carried out some in-depth interviews with people who've had recent experience of stroke as well as asking members of the public to complete an online survey.

Understanding experiences of maternity services

Consultation period: January 2015 - April 2015

Consultation closed: April 2015

Area(s) covered: Bradford district and Craven

Final report on engagement: You can read the final report here.

What was asked during the engagement: The theme for the discussion was personalised choice during pregnancy and birthing. The aim of the focus groups was to hear from women and their families to help improve the birthing experience of women through a better understanding of their needs so we can shape the offer of personalised care. There were three areas covered; antenatal period including planning for a baby, labour and birth, postnatal period. 

Gluten-free food on prescription

Consultation period: January - 31 March 2017

Consultation closed: 31 March 2017

Area(s) covered: Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven

Final engagement report: You can read about patient and public feedback and how this contributed towards the consultation outcome in the consultation report.

What was asked during the engagement: We wanted to hear from patients and the public about whether gluten-free items should be available on prescription. Five options were outlined as part of this consultation:

  1. no gluten-free food should be available on prescription.
  2. gluten-free food should only be available on prescription for individuals on a case by case basis.
  3. a limited amount and type of gluten-free food should be prescribed, e.g., bread and flour.
  4. gluten-free food should be available for patients who receive free prescriptions.
  5. no change, gluten-free food should continue to be prescribed as it currently is.

Over 600 people responded to the consultation using a variety of methods, including events and online surveys. 

The recommendation was made that from September 2017, gluten-free items will no longer be available on prescription.

You can read more about the outcome and decision of this consultation here

More information about the consultation and gluten-free prescribing is available in the consultation report.

Urgent care strategy

Consultation period: Summer 2014

Consultation closed: 30 September 2014

Area(s) covered: Bradford district and Craven 

Final engagement report: The engagement work was incorporated into the strategy. You can read a copy of the full strategy or the summary. An easy read version is also available.

What we asked during engagement: 

We worked with a range of different people – including the public, through market research, focus groups and other discussions – and organisations to compile the strategy and we wanted to hear people's view about it. The strategy described how urgent and emergency care services in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven will develop over the next five years. 

Your feedback on our prioritisation questions

Consultation period: 2015

Consultation information and documents: As our CCG has a fixed budget to commission healthcare services for the local population, we need to prioritise how we spend the funding that is available to us. Therefore in 2015, we developed a set of six questions that we used as an initial assessment when prioritising our work. You can find these questions in our initial prioritisation tool document. 

We welcomed patient and public feedback on these questions, including whether people thought we are using the right criteria to prioritise how funding is allocated. 

NHS Continuing Healthcare - draft redress guidance

Consultation closed: 19 March 2015

Final guidance and engagement report: The final version of the guidance is available on the NHS England website

What was asked during the engagement: NHS England reviewed their guidance on redress in NHS continuing healthcare. The guidance was available on NHS England’s website for comment/feedback for six weeks.

The guidance on redress for NHS continuing health care cases was published by the Department of Health in 2007, however the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) revised its own guidance “Principles for Remedy” on this area and the refreshed guidance reflects this.

The draft refreshed guidance maintains the same basic principles of fairness that has always applied; that is to ensure that individuals are put back in the financial position that they should have been in.

Initial engagement - the future of Castleberg Hospital

Engagement period:  August and September 2017

Engagement closed:  15 September 2017

Area(s) covered:  The Craven district (NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG) and Bentham (NHS Morecambe Bay CCG)

Final report on engagement: The feedback from this engagement helped us to plan the consultation, and informed the two options on which the consultation was based.

What we asked about during the engagement:  Following the temporary closure of Castleberg Hospital, Giggleswick, on safety grounds, we engaged with local people to find out:

  • what options we should consider for the future of intermediate, end-of-life and palliative care services in Craven
  • how people would like us to run a future consultation on the services; and
  • what was important to people about services in their area.

We talked to people about some potential options, including re-opening the hospital after repairs; closing the hospital and providing intermediate and palliative care in a different way;  and building or using an alternative facility. Our thinking on these was not exhaustive or conclusive – we wanted to hear what other solutions we might think about.

You can read the full consultation document and an easy read version. You can also view graphics of the information boards we used and video that we played at the engagement events.

What people told us about during the engagement: The feedback from this 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.

How we have used what people told us:  We used what people told us to inform the content of the ensuing consultation.

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

For information on current consultations, visit our consultations page.

For information on more recent closed consultations, visit our previous engagement and consultations page.