We are committed to ensuring that our delivery of engagement and consultation meets the needs of our local population. Our Engagement and Experience Strategy for Local People in Calderdale – 2015-18 sets out the CCG’s principles for engagement and consultation, our approach to working with local people and the process we will follow.
When planning or buying local health services, we must take the views of local people, patients and carers, as well as the people who represent them into account.
Engagement is the act of gathering views in order to understand a view of something. It is usually part of a listening exercise about a service. Each year, we run a number of activities designed to encourage local people to have their say about future health services.
Engagement describes the continuing and ongoing 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.
We are working hard to include people in the shaping of local health services. We want to do this because it helps us to make sure we are improving our services in ways that meet your needs. It is really important for us to hear people’s comments, ideas and suggestions about ways in which we can make services better.
Consultation is the formal process and takes place after an engagement. Formal consultation describes the statutory requirement imposed on NHS bodies to consult with overview and scrutiny committees (OSCs), 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.
The outcome of a formal consultation must be reported to the Governing Body in public, along with the feedback received. The CCG must be able to demonstrate views have been taken into account as part of any recommendations and/or decision making.
Annual Statement of Involvement
We also produce a report on all our engagement and consultation activity every year. The Annual Statement of Involvement is received at our Annual AGM. You can read the latest report here: Annual Statement of Involvement 2016/17.
See the list below for more details about specific engagement and consultation activities.