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Resources and Support

NHS Rotherham CCG wants to promote and support engagement in all that we do, and are developing mechanisms for this. This section will continue to develop as we work with patients, the public and organisations to develop the support that people want.

NHS involvement hub  - The NHS involvement hub is a resource for staff, organisations and patients, and is regularly updated with both local and national information and is available here.

Learning resources -There are national resources and online courses available here.

NHS Rotherham CCG will also work with local groups to meet specific needs as required, and are happy to discuss this with groups and individuals.

The CCG also has comprehensive guidance on reimbursement of expenses for people who are engaged in these activities; we don’t feel that anyone should be out of pocket as a result of giving us their time and expertise. We updated the policy and procedure during 2019, working with other the other CCGs and the ICS South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, to make the system more equitable across our region, and to ensure it is in line with NHS England.  The current procedure is here.

The CCG also aims to offer support as needed by individuals; this might include providing easy read versions or interpretation – community languages or sign language, for example. It might mean supporting people reading documents or paperwork prior to a meeting, or organising a taxi for someone with limited mobility.  For all our work and events, we will provide a contact name so that you can discuss your support needs, and we will work with you to ensure that we can overcome any concerns or barriers. Over the last year, just some of the examples of this include:-

  • Provided taxis to enable people to attend the AGM, and to represent their GP practice at Rotherham wide events
  • Offered one to one support to talk through documents
  • Arranged to outreach with BME women to ensure they are able to participate in work on intermediate care and re-ablement, ensuring materials were appropriate and translation available
  • Commissioned a local organisation to go into  care homes to ensure people could tell us what care they needed
  • Circulated different opportunities to practice groups and local organisations
  • Support from the engagement manager and the lay member to locality and practice groups, to increase their reach and activity
  • Ensured that the autism strategy was accessible and understandable during its development stages; and supported people with autism and their carers to contribute to the process