Category Archives: Consultations

Join the Which? campaign to fix the care system

Compassionate Elder CareThe Consumer Association (Which?) is campaigning to get the Government to fix the care system, as a matter of priority. Which? estimates that ‘the care home population is already bigger than the City of Manchester and it’s set to grow rapidly over the coming years’.

As increasing numbers of care homes are closing, there are insufficient places for people who need them.  Care homes are struggling to provide the care which individuals need. For some residents this can mean that they are not receiving adequate care, or are having to move to another care home when their existing care home closes. To particpate in the Which? campaign, please follow this link:

No mental health beds in the Harrogate district – a real risk

MH maleThe approved plans for a specialised facility to be built on the outskirts of Harrogate have been put on hold, pending the outcome of a local consultation. There is the possibility that patients will have to travel out of the district to receive care. For patients living with dementia this would be extremely stressful – away from familiar surroundings and people.

To find out how you can express your views and attend a public event to discuss this issue, please visit our ‘Have your say‘ page. There are less than 2 weeks to make your views known.

What do you think? Make your views known

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Lots of consultations and surveys in progress. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your views known. See our ‘Have your say’ page.



  • Service users and carers with experience of the Mental Health Act are asked to complete an online survey to have their say on an Independent Review of the Act.
  • The rise in numbers comes as the NHS is running a public consultation into whether England should follow Wales and introduce an opt-out donation scheme.
  • NHS England wants to hear the views of patients and the public on the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor conditions.
  • The Government are consulting on plans to extend the Blue Badge scheme
  • NHS England has commissioned Quality Health to run an online survey to gather feedback about people’s experiences of personal health budgets in England.

Have your say on health services in the district

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There are currently several consultations on the provision of local health services. Have you had your say? This is our opportunity to help shape parts of the health service for the future.

Consultations include:

  • Pharmacy service provision
  • Helping people stay well and independent in the local community
  • Improving patient safety and learning from errors
  • Changes in GP services

Details of all of these consultations are on our ‘Have Your Say’ webpage. Make sure you express your views on these important matters.


Important consultation on 111 and 999 emergency care

ambulance_1701302cThe way you receive Urgent and Emergency Care through 111 and 999 could be changing. Over August, Healthwatch North Yorkshire will be having conversations with the public about potential improvements to the way Urgent and Emergency Care is accessed in your part of the County. Your views and experiences are incredibly important in order for Healthwatch to feed public opinion back to the NHS.

More information about how you can get involved and have your say, as well as a helpful short video explaining the proposals, may be found see our ‘Have your say’ page.

The NHS project had been abandoned. What next for the security of patients’ healthcare data?

Data securityFor three years the NHS information sharing scheme has been mired in controversy. Now, after the publication of the Data Guardian’s report ‘Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-outs’ there are new standards for data security and NHS England has announced that the project has been abandoned. Now is the time to respond to the consultation (before September 7th 2016) about the rights of patients over the use of their personal healthcare data and their right to ‘opt-out’ of sharing personal data. By participating in the consultation, you can determine the wording of ‘consent’ and ‘opt-out’ to ensure that your personal data is only used by those permitted by you.

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Do you know about the Friends and Family Test (FFT)?

Friends and Family Test -callout

NHS England is keen to raise public awareness about the Friends and Family Test. The FFT is a quick and anonymous questionnaire designed to give NHS patients the opportunity to give feedback each time they receive care and/or treatment. Between March 14th – 18th NHS England will launch its awareness campaign, which will feature events, news items and local promotions through advertising, posters and leaflets.

To find out more go our ‘Have your say’ page.

Wheelchair & equipment consultation extended to January 29th

Wheelchair & equipment consultation

Wheelchair drawingLocal Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and North Yorkshire County Council have joined forces to call for the opinions of local health and social care equipment users. Health and social care equipment includes mobility and communication aids that help to support adults and children to live independently at home. Examples include shower chairs, perching stools, kettle tippers, pressure relieving mattresses, wheelchairs, etc.

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