One of the founding principles of this forum is to enable members to influence issues affecting older people in the Harrogate district.
Published reports and results of surveys can be found on the ‘Publications’ page on the ‘Information Hub‘.
Please note that consultations appear in order of their closing dates!
Harrogate Main Post Office set for closure
As WH Smith continues its programme to amalgamate post offices within its branches, it has been confirmed that the town centre post office in Harrogate is marked for closure. The plan is to relocate the post office within the WH Smith store in Cambridge Street. This move comes at a time when the future of the post office in Cold Bath Road is also in doubt. To read more about this, please follow this link to an article in the Harrogate Advertiser about the proposed closure. To have your say, please use the following contacts:
e-mail: news@ harrogateadvertiser.co.uk Tel: 01423 707526
e-mail Andrew Jones MP email@example.com or wrote to him at 57 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5LQ
Andrew Jones has also launched his own consultation on the proposals, under a special heading ‘Post Office’ on his website http://www.andrewjonesmp.co.uk/
Are you excited or concerned about the proposed ‘cliff lift’ in Knaresborough?
Renaissance Knaresborough would like to invite you to a consultation workshop to discuss access issues in Knaresborough and our proposed Cliff Lift project. Over the years our not for profit organisation has carried out a number of projects to improve Knaresborough including The Viaduct Terrace on Waterside and improvements to Frazer Theatre and Bebra Gardens as well as organising festivals and other events. Problematic access between Waterside and the rest of the town centre has long been seen as a major problem and currently we are working on a proposal to introduce a Cliff Lift to help regenerate the town centre and improve quality of life for local people and those visiting the town.
We are holding consultation workshop for people we feel have the most to gain from and contribute to the Cliff Lift i.e. people with disabilities, seniors with age related access concerns and parents with young children. We want to hear your first hand experiences of getting around Knaresborough and give you an opportunity to find out more about the Cliff Lift project.
Age UK (Cliff House, Knaresborough) are hosting our first consultation workshop on THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER FROM 2 – 4PM. This will be an opportunity for seniors and their carers to discuss the challenges they face getting round Knaresborough and how the Cliff Lift and other improvements might make life easier. Refreshments will be provided and you will be asked to complete a simple questionnaire as well as take part in small discussions groups.
If you would like to attend please contact Kathy Allday on 01423 864381 (the workshop organiser) or Age UK on 01423 864956. We look forward to seeing you on the day.
How to opt-out of sharing your confidential information
NHS Digital are introducing a new tool that people can use to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for reasons other than their individual care and treatment.This is part of a vision to improve patients’ trust and confidence in how data is looked after by the health and social care system. Patients and the public who decide they do not want their personally identifiable data used for planning and research purposes will be able to set their national data opt-out choice online. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you can select which types of research studies you wish to opt-out of, rather than choosing all research studies. For further information click Patient Data handout.
The national data opt-out will be available for the public online from 25thMay at https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out-programme. For those who do not want to or cannot access the service digitally, there will be also be a national telephone service available on 0300 303 5678. Alternatively, there is a ‘Print and Post’ form which you can use, if you prefer. If you are a carer, guardian or have Power of Attorney for someone, you can also opt-out on their behalf using the Proxy form.
Would you like to join the Which? campaign to fix our failing care system?
The 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 participate in the Which? campaign, please follow this link: https://campaigns.which.co.uk/care-system
No mental health beds in Harrogate District – unthinkable, or is it?
Make sure that you have your say on the future of mental health beds in the district. There is a possibility that all the beds in the district could close and then patients and relatives would have to travel to York or elsewhere for care. For those suffering from dementia this could be an added anxiety, not to mention the burden it would put on their family. Those living with dementia need the reassurance of familiar surroundngs and people to help them cope. Your views about the future provision of mental health care are essential, if residents are to be able to access care in Harrogate. The approved plans for a specialised unit to be built on the outskirts of Harrogate have been put on hold, pending the outcome of this consultation.
You can also send your views and suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org or FREEPOST TEWV
Bite size guide for improving deafblind patient and carer public voice in the NHS
NHS England is committed to ensuring that patient; carer and public voices help shape healthcare services and inform service development. A bite size guide is now available to help deafblind people participate in patient and public involvement opportunities.
Friends, family and carers are encouraged to download and read this bite size guide to help deafblind people get involved. To download and read this bite size guide and other useful resources, visit our Involvement Hub.
Care for the Carers wants your opinion on carers’ rights
Are you a carer? Are you aware of your rights? Care for the Carers invites to to participate in a survey:
Knaresborough resident’s views sought
Knaresborough Town Council is determined to represent residents to the best of its abilities. To help inform decision making, the current council have implemented an annual survey to ensure they are focussing efforts in the right areas and communicating with residents as effectively as possible. This is the first survey and the intention is to run it each year.
Complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R9XNRGQ
Have you heard about the CQC’s online community?
The CQC’s online community is where the public can get involved in its work and take part in discussions. It use the public online community website to gather the public’s feedback on everything from draft policies and proposals to posters and leaflets. Community feedback will be used to shape how it works and develops the information it provides to help people choose care.
It also posts regular news updates to the community website, including updates about how you can get involved in its work. Join its public online community now.
The CQC wants to hear about the quality of Care For Older People
Research has shown that older people are less likely to complain about services and are less aware of the different ways they can share their views. However it is also known that older people are the most regular users of health services. Two out of three people admitted to hospital and 70% of hospital emergency beds are taken by those aged 65 and over. It is vital that the voices of our growing elderly population are heard.
When it comes to consistency and continuity of care, how important is it for you to have access to your preferred GP whenever you request an appointment? (from April 2015 onwards)
Healthwatch North Yorkshire is currently conducting a survey around GP access and would be grateful if you contributed your experiences here GP Access Survey….
Connect with personal health budget holders at peoplehub
Peoplehub is the national user-led network for personal health budget holders, bringing people together to share experiences and help shape national policy. You can find out more about them on the peoplehub website or by joining their Facebook group. Hear more about the important contribution peoplehub makes in this short film. (Information provided by NHS England).
Could you be apart of the North Yorkshire Police Stop and Search Lay Observer Scheme?
The Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme requires police forces to provide opportunities for members of the public to accompany police officers on patrol when they might deploy stop and search powers. if you might be interested in participating in the scheme, please follow this link.
CQC wants your views to help develop their 2016 to 2021 strategy
In 2013 the CQC launched Raising Standards, Putting People First – a three year strategy introducing its new approach to regulation including the appointment of three chief inspectors.
It is now developing a new strategy to be launched in spring 2016. This will be a five year strategy that will set out its vision for health and social care quality regulation in the future.The CQC would like you to complete its web survey to help it develop the new strategy. This is an informal opportunity to feed into the strategy as it develops. In early 2016 it will run a formal consultation on the proposed approach, before publishing a finalised strategy later in the year.
Review of care for older people
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is seeking your comments on its review of care for older people. This review looks at care for older people and explores how different services are organised and coordinated, and how this affects the quality of care that people receive. If you would like to share your experience, please contact the CQC on 03000 61 61 61, email@example.com, or their online form. For details of ‘Integrated Care for older People’ click here.
Do you want to have your say about the NHS?
If you are interested in following the work of the NHS England board, it’s meetings are available on video and each meeting is broadcast live. Follow this link, if you are interested in viewing the meetings. You can also register to receive ‘In Touch’, the newsletter for members of the public.
Harrogate District Housing Forum
The Forum forms a key part of the housing consultation and engagement structures set up by Harrogate Borough Council to support and advise in developing and implementing the Housing Strategy and other associated strategies. The forum is open to any agency or individual with an interest in housing and homelessness in the district.
Help to improve the NHS with feedback on your local NHS services
All of us can help improve the NHS by giving feedback after visiting the dentist, a GP practice, or when we use local hospitals, community services and mental health services. The Friends and Family Test enables patients to make their voices heard and is a quick way for all patients to give NHS staff a “thank you” or say how things could be better. Patients have already given more than 7 million responses in two years and the Friends and Family Test is now operating across most parts of the NHS.