Pre-Consultation

From October to December 2017, the CCGs undertook further engagement with stakeholders to co-produce the viable solutions to be delivered in the area of Northern Staffordshire.

This involvement was implemented as per an agreed pdf Pre-Consultation Plan (250 KB) which underwent an pdf Equality Impact Assessment (270 KB)  to make sure that opportunities to get involved were accessible to all participants.

Staffordshire University’s Centre for Health and Development (CHAD) analysed all the engagement activity and produced a report of findings.

The result of this work was the development of our Pre-Consultation Business Case.

The involvement included a range of activity outlined below:

Listening Events

The CCGs held five public listening events from October to November 2017, to gather the views of local people on how we could deliver the best services to all patients to meet their changing health needs. The events took place close to each of the hospital locations on the dates listed below. Each of the dates link to further information relevant to that event.

Online Survey

Between 30 November 2017 and 7 January 2018, the CCGs conducted an online survey in order to gather the views of local people on how we could deliver the best services to all patients to meet their changing health needs. You can read the results here

Options Development Event

The CHAD Report of Findings, along with detailed information about the current services and local health needs, was considered at an Options Development event on 23 January 2018 which was attended by 80 stakeholders to move the programme to the next phase. Participants at the event worked hard to develop shortlists for each Community Hospital and the potential local service offering.

The West Midlands Clinical Senate received an update on the scope of the work on 31 January 2018.

An Options Appraisal event was held on 14 February 2018 to develop viable scenarios for each Community Hospital in Northern Staffordshire.

The process was quality assured by the Consultation Institute.

Information presented at Options Development event

*Source: Data packs contain unvalidated data from a variety of sources including providers, partners and open source material.

Feedback received from Options Development event

Options Appraisal Event

At the Options Appraisal event on 14 February 2018 patients and partners worked with the CCGs to co-develop solutions for the future of local health services. The session was independently facilitated by the Consultation Institute to make sure that it complied with the legal processes with respect to consultation.

Representatives from provider organisations, local councils, general practice and the voluntary sector, as well as patient representatives worked to consider different scenarios for each of the five community hospitals - Bradwell, Cheadle, Haywood, Longton Cottage and Leek Moorlands. The services they considered included community beds, urgent treatment centres, diagnostics such as x-ray and ultra sound and dementia services.

Information presented at Options Appraisal event

The presentation and Data Pack* accompanied the activities undertaken by each table. For part of the afternoon, tables worked representing the five community hospital areas, and then people moved to different tables, to work as mixed locality groups.

* Data pack contains unvalidated data from a variety of sources including providers, partners and open source material.

Feedback received from Options Appraisal event

Feedback on Options

A Reference Group was set up to work closely with the CCGs through the next steps of developing viable scenarios for consultation.

An information briefing was held with the Reference Group on 2 May 2018. The information presented was developed to help people to understand some of the data that has been used to analyse and model local health services and to inform the development of viable solutions. 

The first Reference Group meeting took place on 10 May 2018 - see the presentation and notes from the meeting.

At the meeting attendees worked together in groups to develop the long list development and hurdles (notes) and hub services and estates long list (notes).

Developing the Options

The CCGs went through a rigorous process to develop a shortlist of proposals for the Future of Local Health Services which are detailed in the Pre-Consultation Business Case.

Further meetings with the Reference Group took place on Friday 25 May and Wednesday 30 May 2018. See the documentation from these meetings: