We constantly monitor all our engagement, involvement and consultation work against our commissioning plans.
This allows us to identify priorities and gaps, and to see at a glance all the ways that people can and do influence our work as commissioners.
We compile this into one document. From April 2018, we will annually publish this document for the previous year.
In December 2017, We ran a short survey looking at preferences for extended hours in GP practices, and access.
We had an overwhelming response with almost 2,000 replies, demonstrating how important it is to Rotherham residents.
We are in the process of analysing the results of this survey, and hope to have this completed and here in mid-January.
The recent patient survey identified that there was a demand for evening and weekend appointments. We have worked with Connect Healthcare Rotherham CIC to increase provision of these appointments across a number of hubs in Rotherham. There are currently an additional 127 GP appointments available, with the number due to increase over the coming months.
GROW (Giving Real Opportunities to Women) which is a voluntary organisation in Rotherham, were commissioned by RCCG to carry out two pieces of consultation work ie:-
Perinatal Mental Health - obtaining views of pregnant women/women who had recently given birth who had experienced mental health issues.
A consultation exercise with women from BME groups who were pregnant/recently given birth to find out their experiences/views of services.
The evaluation reports can be found on the links below:-
Discussions took place between June and September 2016 on access to over the counter medications using a variety of methods including electronic surveys and social media; individual and group discussions, with people from a variety of ages and backgrounds.
Between June 2015 and September 2016, Rotherham CCG has held a number of conversations with different bodies on the introduction of clinical thresholds. These were instigated at the2015 AGM, and widened during 2016.
Rotherham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) review of children and young people’s voice and influence took place between January and April 2016.
Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the Children, Young People and Families’ Consortium and partners knew of good examples of CAMHS being developed through input from children, young people and families and had some information about what people wanted but did not feel that this was enough across all services all the time. We, the CCG therefore commissioned Practical Participation to review the nature and extent of children and young people’s voice and influence in Rotherham CAMHS, covering both the NHS and voluntary sector providers. This guided enquiry drew on the experiences of children and young people, as well as speaking with parents, staff and managers. It proposed a number of participation priorities to build into our services in order to strengthen children and young people’s voice and influence, to increase the responsiveness of services and to improve mental health outcomes.
We first drew together what children and young people in Rotherham and elsewhere have told us about their experiences of mental health services, of being listened to and about their participation priorities. We then used this information in guided conversations through a number of focus groups to review findings and present recommendations to the CCG, CAMHS Strategy Group and the Health and Wellbeing Board, Young Ambassadors. In the focus groups, we sought to understand children and young people’s voice and influence in three main ways across leadership, management and the daily practice of staff:
The report has been presented to the CAMHS strategic partnership and is already its main recommendation is already being used to help children and young people’s participation become built in to the mental health services across Rotherham.
Our thanks to all the children and young people and their parents who took part and to the workers who supported them.
On Monday 21st March 2016, Rotherham Youth Cabinet held a conference for young people and professionals who work with families, children and young people. The conference was held at Rotherham New York Stadium and was planned to meet one of the group’s Manifesto Aims for 2015/2016 which was:
‘To organise a conference for young people to explore self-help techniques around mental health to help them manage their own emotional well-being and thus prevent escalation to other services eg CAMHS’.
The conference was planned and organised by young people from the Youth Cabinet. They took responsibility for the smooth running of the day including coordinating workshop deliverers, organising conference delegates, time keeping of the programme, presenting on stage and seeking solutions to issues which arose.
Please access the young people’s mental health website, ‘my mind matters’ here.
In February NHS England launched a 30 day public consultation on a number of new products for specialised services. There has already been extensive engagement on these national specifications and policies. They have been developed with the support and input of lead clinicians and tested with stakeholders. This approach has helped ensure that the views of key stakeholders have informed and influenced the development of the specifications and policies to date. Results for this consultation will be published on the NHS England 's website.
NHS England asked the armed forces veterans to share their experience of mental health services and help improve future care across the country. NHS England's Veterans Survey is now closed as of 31 March 2016.
Your feedback is needed to help us plan health services in the future.
NHS Rotherham CCG commissions (plans and buys) health services for Rotherham. Every year we produce a plan which details our plans and priority areas of work for the next year. Access our current plan here.
We are now starting work on the plan for 2015-16, so that we have a draft ready for January 2015, as required. We continue to involve people in many aspects of our work, and in specific work streams, this will of course continue and grow.
In addition, we want to share with you and ask your views on some underpinning principles and general priorities.
During the autumn we asked for feedback on our plans and priorities for the future both through the website and via public events, receiving over 200 contacts and comments. For a summary of the results and to see how these will influence our work click here.
In October NHS England ran a consultation on proposed changes to the way its Cancer Drug Fund operates the findings of this consultation from NHS England through consultation page.
In June/July we ran a public consultation to consider the options for the future of Rotherhams Learning Disability (LD) service.
Rotherham Learning Disability Services Review - View results here.
The consultation document outlined the recommended options that will address current issues with Assessment and Treatment Unit (ATU) services and enhance community services.
A summary of all the feedback and the consultation process, together with actions being taken can be viewed below:
In May we invited you give us your comments on our proposal to improve urgent care for patients in Rotherham.
Between May and July, we opened up our plans for urgent care services, including plans for investment in a new Urgent Care Centre, to public consultation.
We promised to review all of the comments we received and build more detailed plans, taking into account what you told us. That’s what we’ve done and we’d like to share the results with you.
Mental Health and Learning Disability
We hear peoples views of services through many different mechanisms: regardless of how we here peoples views and concerns our aim as the commissioner of services is to work with providers to ensure that together we act on what you tell us to ensure that services are continually improved.
To demonstrate this we have started to produce a series of posters to show just how vital your feedback is in improving services:
In the spirit of partnership working Rotherham Local Authority, CCG, Job Centre Plus, Active Independence (a local User Led Organisation) and Skills for Care came together to deliver an event to publicise and raise the awareness of the role of the Personal Care Assistant. The event on the 11th July at the New York Stadium in Rotherham had information stalls and presentations to inform interested people about the interesting and varied role of the Personal Care Assistant. Personal Care Assistants are employed directly by people needing support and work on a one to one basis delivering a variety of different support including assisting people to get out and about, attending social events, going to work as well as personal care. Over 40 people came to the event and as of now around 7 people have moved into a new role. If you would like more information about becoming a Personal Care Assistant please contact Active Independence by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Skills for Care website https://www.employingpersonalassistants.co.uk/
Today, NHS England has launched twelve weeks of consultation on draft standards and service specifications for congenital heart disease (CHD) services. This will run until 5pm on 8 December 2014.
You can find out more about the new congenital heart disease review, of which this is part, by visiting our website:
For more information please visit: