Consultations and current projects
When a significant decision about a local service needs to be made, we run a consultation or an engagement project. We ask for feedback on a specific topic to help us understand the views and priorities of local people. Your feedback on consultations and projects is then used to help us understand the full range of options before any decision is made.
Information about current consultations and engagement projects can be found below.
Current consultations and engagement projects
Have your say about changes to Assessment and Treatment units in West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership want to tell you about the ideas they have to change assessment and treatment units in West Yorkshire.
Wherever possible we want to provide better support in the local community for people who have a learning disability and need specialist care and support for their mental health needs. They want to stop people with a learning disability being sent to assessment and treatment units if they do not need to be there. If people do need to be there, they want to stop people staying in assessment and treatment units for too long and to make sure that when people are ready to go home that they have the right support.
There are currently three Assessment and Treatment units in West Yorkshire, these are located in Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield. This engagement is about the idea to develop one service in the area from two units in Bradford and Wakefield.
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership now want to find out from people who have used the assessment and treatment units in West Yorkshire, and their families what they think about the idea for change, and how this change might affect them.
There are a number of ways that people can have their say:
- complete a questionnaire, available to download from page 21 of the engagement document on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership website (opens in a new window), and send it back to them using the Freepost envelope
- complete the questionnaire online using the following link: https://www.rixeasysurvey.org/kiosk/PK5v (opens in a new window)
- private interviews will be arranged with people who use the assessment and treatment units via Zoom
- virtual discussion sessions with professionals and people with lived experience will be arranged for families and carers, if you are interested in taking part please call 01924 317659
You can read more about the changes to Assessment and Treatment units in West Yorkshire in a Easy Read document, available on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership website (opens in a new window).
Please give your views before Friday 20 November 2020.
Other organisations that run consultations and engagement projects
The following organisations also run consultations and engagement projects on health, care and wellbeing issues (please note, hyperlinks open in a new window):
Past consultations and projects
Engagement period: October – November 2019
Engagement closed: November 2019
Areas covered: Shipley and surrounding areas
Feedback from engagement:
Around 450 people shared their feedback/views during the engagement period.
The engagement activity focused on reaching people most likely to be affected by any changes to outpatient services at Shipley hospital, and therefore targeted Shipley and the surrounding areas.
We held sessions in Shipley Hospital itself, so a higher proportion of people who took part had recent experience of outpatient services than would be expected in the general population. We also visited community settings such as GP practices, libraries and leisure facilities, to talk face-to-face and gather people’s views.
The questionnaire captured people’s views on their recent experiences of outpatient services, including which service they had used and what method of transport was used. It also focused on Shipley Hospital specifically to determine people’s awareness and usage of services and asked people to consider the future of services at Shipley Hospital. In addition, we asked about the ways in which people would like to be consulted on potential changes to the service in future.
Feedback from engagement included that:
- most people in the local area were aware of the services provided at Shipley Hospital
- around 70% had some experience of Shipley Hospital, although for a number of these their experience was longer than three years ago, some described experiences that were longer than ten years ago
- people who had experienced care or used services at Shipley, were also likely to have used the same service(s) at St Luke’s Hospital or Bradford Royal Infirmary, or in their GP practice
- over half of those with recent experience of outpatient services had driven to access these services
- people’s experience of outpatient services was mostly positive, particularly around the attitude of staff working in these services
- when it comes to the future of outpatient services, almost a third talked about the importance of keeping outpatient services in the local area to meet the needs of local people
- people also raised concerns about travel times, access to public transport, and problems with parking at the main Bradford hospital sites
- three-quarters felt that we should explore repairing the building and retain services at Shipley Hospital
- around half wanted to explore moving services into local GP surgeries
- people wanted to be assured that local views and the impact on patients would be taken into account when making decisions.
This insight will inform the next phase of planning. A formal consultation is planned in spring 2020.