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

Speech and Language Therapy Service Consulation

Norfolk County Council and NHS Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Groups have commissioned an independent review of speech and language therapy services in Norfolk. There are two separate surveys. Please complete the one most relevant to you.

Parents and carers survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/saltpc/

Professionals survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/saltps/

The closing date for both surveys is Thursday 24 May.

GP online consultations

NHS England is seeking views from GPs, practice teams and members of the public on what they think about the idea of online consultations so NHS England can improve the service and increase the availability and use. Online consultations are a way for patients to contact their GP practice without having to wait on the phone or take time out to come into the practice. The two surveys are open from Tuesday 8 May and will close on Friday 15 June 2018.

Launch of personal health budget and integrated personal budget consultation

The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England have launched a consultation on extending the legal rights to have a personal health budget or integrated personal budget. The consultation seeks views on extending rights to a range of people, including those with social care and health needs, people accessing mental health services, and armed forces personnel who are leaving services and eligible for ongoing NHS care. The consultation is open until 8 June 2018.

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

NHS Improvement  announces consultation on Patient Safety

NHS Improvement has launched a 12-week engagement programme seeking views on how and when the NHS should investigate Serious Incidents. More information and details of how to take part is available here. Open until 12 June.

Consultation on the re-procurement of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

The current NHS DPP Framework Agreement was put in place in April 2016 and expires in March 2019. NHS England is now consulting on proposals relating to the re-procurement of the NHS DPP Framework from November 2018 running for three years with the option to extend for a further year. The online survey for primary care and local health economies to share their views with us is now open. Diabetes UK is leading on the public consultation which is open for patients and the public to contribute. These surveys are open until 25 May 2018.

Completed Consultations

Procurement for dental out-of-hours services in Great Yarmouth & Waveney, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

NHS England Midlands and East (East) is responsible for commissioning primary and secondary care dental services in the East of England, including out-of-hours dental services, which are accessible through NHS 111.

Patients were asked for their views on how the service could be improved and these responses will be used to inform the future service. Patient and public views are valuable to ensure that NHS England procures services that reduce health inequalities and meet the needs of the population it serves. Further information here. Closed on 9 May.

NHS England consultation on freeing up 136 million to boost frontline NHS care by curbing prescription costs

NHS England launched a public consultation on prescriptions for some ‘over the counter’ products such as dandruff shampoo and drops for tired eyes, freeing-up up to £136 million to expand other treatments for major conditions such as cancer and mental health problems. Further information here. Consultation closed Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Have you say on the organ donation consultation

The government plans to change the organ donation system to an ‘opt-out’ system.  The consultation closed on Tuesday 6 March 2018.

Government consultation on children and young people’s mental health

The Government published a green paper on children and young people’s mental health. You can read the full green paper here. Consultation closed Friday 2 March 2018.

Orthodontic Services

Please click here for further information. Consultation closed Wednesday 3 January 2018.

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.

Patient Revolution: NHS Constitution Consultation

The Department of Health has launched a consultation asking the public and the NHS how they think the NHS Constitution can be strengthened.

Mental Wellbeing in Norfolk & Waveney - Shaping the Future 
In 2013 the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Norfolk started a review of the Wellbeing service with a view to designing a new service for 2015. The Wellbeing Service currently offers support to people to overcome challenges such as mild depression and anxiety so that they can get back to work and other meaningful activities.  The CCG wanted to make sure that the current service was working well for service users and their carers. They also wanted to explore the idea of expanding the service so it could benefit people who use other mental health services but who cannot currently use the Wellbeing Service. They did this by talking to local doctors and nurses, to service users and their carers and to organisations who support people with mental health conditions.