Consultations

We want to involve our patients and our wider population in the decisions that we need to make about commissioning (buying) the right services for people living in West Norfolk.

Here you will find information about current consultations and engagement events that are going on.

If you would like to know more about having your say, or if you have any ideas you would like to share with West Norfolk CCG about getting involved, please email contact.wnccg [at] nhs.net

Differences between Engagement and Consultation

Involving local patients, members of the public, carers and patient representative groups is important to West Norfolk CCG so that we can be assured of commissioning the best possible services that meet the needs of local patients and that represent the best possible value for money.  

What is engagement?

Engagement describes the continuing and on-going process of developing relationships and partnerships so that the voice of local people and partners is heard and that our plans are shared at the earliest possible stages.  Examples of this type of engagement would include our community engagement forum and annual patient and public events where we ask members to get involved in, and have their say on, various pieces of work.

It also describes activity that happens early on in an involvement process, including holding extensive discussions with a wide range of people to develop a robust case for change.

What is a ‘formal consultation’?

‘Formal consultation’ describes the statutory requirement imposed on NHS bodies to consult with health overview and scrutiny committees (HOSCs), patients, the public and stakeholders when considering a proposal for a substantial development of the health service, or for a substantial variation in the provision of a service.

Formal consultation is carried out if a change is ‘significant’. This is determined where the proposal or plan is likely to have a substantial impact on one or more of the following:

  • Access (eg. reduction or increase in service due to change of location or opening times)

  • Wider community (eg. economic impact, transport, regeneration)

  • Patients or users (either current or future)

  • Service delivery (eg. methods of delivery or relocation of services)

The outcome of a formal consultation must be reported to the CCGs Governing Body in public, together with the feedback received, and must show how this has been taken into account in any recommendations and decision making.

Current Consultations

Evidence-Based Interventions Programme

Research evidence shows some interventions are not clinically effective or only effective when they are performed in specific circumstances. And as medical science advances, some interventions are superseded by those that are less invasive or more effective. At both national and local levels, there is a general consensus that more needs to be done to ensure the least effective interventions are not routinely performed, or only performed in more clearly defined circumstances. The proposals aim to reduce avoidable harm to patients, save precious professional time, help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base, create headroom for innovation and maximise value and avoid waste for patients and taxpayers. For more information and to complete the survey click here. Closes on 28 September.

NHS England announces consultation on ACO contracts

NHS England has announced it will be launching a consultation on the contracting arrangements for Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs).  There is widespread support for ending the fragmented way that care has been provided to improve services for patients and the NHS has been working towards this in a number of ways. Read more on the NHS England website

Completed Consultations

Speech and Language Therapy Service Consulation

Norfolk County Council and NHS Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Groups commissioned an independent review of speech and language therapy services in Norfolk. There were two separate surveys, one for Parents and Carers  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/saltpc/ and one for Professionals https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/saltps/. The closing date for both surveys was Thursday 24 May.

GP Forward View

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Norfolk and Waveney wish to engage with local patients to advise how additional appointments available at local GP surgeries should develop over the coming years. Consultation closed.

Over the Counter Medicines - what you told us

Between 1-24 November 2017, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in North Norfolk, Norwich, South Norfolk and West Norfolk asked people for their views on the money spent locally on routinely prescribing items for minor short-lived ailments such as paracetamol, remedies for indigestion or heartburn, allergy treatments, vitamin supplements and cream for dry skin. A summary of the consultation is available here, and a report summarising what you told us is available by clicking here.