Engagement and Consultations
The CCG has a number of ways in which it engages with patients and the public on an on-going basis. There are some occasions when the CCG is required to carry out a formal consultation. This is usually when the CCG is considering a change to existing services and the CCG wants to seek the views and opinions of its patients.
There are no current engagement or consultations taking place.
Improving access to primary care services
Across England, all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are required to put in place arrangements for extended access to general practice (GP) from 1 October 2018. Extended access will allow all patients to have easier and more convenient access to GP services, including appointments in the evening and at weekends.
The six Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCGs (the CCGs) have worked together to develop their commissioning approach. In doing so, the CCGs have considered the extended access services required in each of our areas and how they can be delivered. As a result of that work, the CCGs are satisfied that the services required to meet the needs of our local populations are an extension of the services already provided by GP practices during core opening hours. Consequently, the CCGs are also satisfied that only general practice is able to provide those services.
The CCGs will now seek to commission extended access services directly from general practice, on the basis that the services are list-based primary medical care that cannot be delivered by any other providers. Formal proposals for delivery the services will be invited from general practice and it is anticipated that these will come from groups of practices working together at scale as localities or Federations although there will be no mandatory requirement for any GP to deliver the services. Proposals will then be assessed by a non-conflicted panel ahead of making any contract award decisions. The extended access contract(s) will not impact on existing GMS, PMS or APMS contracts and their requirements, currently in place.
The CCGs consider that this is the most appropriate way to secure services to meet patients’ needs and improve the quality and efficiency of services. The proposed commissioning route is also in line with the GP Forward View and the need to achieve transformation of general practice services.
The Governing Bodies of the CCGs have approved this commissioning route.
December 2017 to February 2018: The six NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent were looking at how to give patients easier and more convenient access to services at GP surgeries outside of the usual hours, including over the weekends. A survey was created to capture this feedback. This survey is now closed.
A summary of the feedback received from the patient engagement exercise, including the online survey, This feedback is now being used to help shape what the potential models might look like in each area. Once the models have been developed, through engagement with local primary care providers, these will be shared with patients and the public in each area. is available here.
The CCGs will also be seeking ongoing feedback from patients and the public on any new models developed to make sure they are meeting the needs of the patient populations.
Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) services
December 2017 to January 2018: The ENT survey was to support the development of a full community ENT service in the SESSP CCG area. This is already in place for Cannock Chase and Stafford & Surrounds CCGs so we were looking to capture the experiences of service users in both secondary care and the community. Response to the survey was poor highlighting the need to engage with service users via an alternative method to obtain the level of feedback required. Lessons learned from this survey will be applied going forward.
Following discussions at the locality boards they did not support the development of a full community ENT service, however it was noted that a lot of the referrals that are made to ENT are mainly for micro-suction procedures. Options will be reviewed for the development of a standalone micro suction clinic to be provided at a location within the Seisdon boundaries.
September 2017 to January 2018: We were gathering views of service users to understand the expectations from existing cardiology services and to find out what is important when accessing services. We were particularly targeting service users and their family / carers, with experience various conditions including Heart Failure, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Stable Angina, Unstable Angina, Atrial Fibrillation and Arrhythmia. Response to this survey was poor, so plans are in place to look at alternative methods to gain views from users of this service.
September 2017 - January 2018: The Ophthalmology survey was to obtain feedback from service users of their experiences when referred into the existing community and acute providers. Responses were positive however the survey has highlighted the need for wider promotion of the community service available via local opticians on the high street which negate the need for a GP referral into the acute. As a result we have commissioned leaflets to be printed promoting the Minor Eye Conditions Service, these have been distributed to GP Practices, Pharmacies and Libraries within the Stafford, Cannock and South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula CCG areas.
August 2017 - January 2018: The CCGs were keen to understand more about your last NHS appointment and, where appropriate, what choice you had at that time. Patients were encouraged to complete an online survey. Find out more about Patient Choice.
South Staffordshire Draft Equality and Inclusion Strategy
July 2017: Cannock Chase, Stafford and Surrounds and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCGs asked for feedback on the Draft Equality & Inclusion Strategy 2017 to 2020. Feedback has now been received and the attached action plan has been developed pdf Equality and Inclusion Strategy Action Plan 2017 2020 (120 KB) . The final strategy can be found pdf here (701 KB) . Read more about Equality and Inclusion here.
Conversation Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
November - December 2016: Healthwatch Staffordshire and Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent ran 10 public events in November and December 2016. The focus of these events will be the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), with senior managers and clinicians on hand to set out plans and answer questions. Read more.
Patient engagement model
November 2016: Cannock Chase CCG, Stafford and Surrounds CCG and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG are working together to review their models for engaging with patients and the public. Around 30-40 representatives from Patient Participation Groups (PPGs), Patient Councils and Community and Voluntary organisations attended a workshop on 2 November in Hednesford. The group focused on strengths and weaknesses of current models before suggesting various ideas for improvement and simplification of the system. A smaller working group is now taking this forward in the New Year.
Equality and Diversity Public Grading Event
January - April 2016: The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is about treating all patients, carers and staff fairly. It is about making sure everyone has a say in how healthcare services involve and listen to all local people. Along with South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCG, we held public and staff events in early 2016. Read the report.
September - October 2014: a six-week consultation on proposed change to the provision of inpatient haematology services at County Hospital, Stafford.
- pdf Case for Change document (558 KB)
- pdf Appendix 1 - TSA Recomendations (6.99 MB)
- pdf Appendix 2 - TSA Principles and Criteria (85 KB)
- pdf Appendix 3 - Consultation Document (158 KB)
- pdf Appendix 4 - Communications and Engagement Plan/Health Equality Impact Assessment (433 KB)
- pdf Appendix 5 - British Society for Haematology Guidelines (148 KB)
- pdf Consultation Feedback Report (1.37 MB)
Minor Injuries Unit
September 2014: four-week consultation on proposals to reduce the opening hours at the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) in Cannock.
Out of Hours Service
August 2014: consultation to seek views on what people think is required from an Out of Hours Service.
Patients in Control
July 2014: consultation to seek views on what really matters to patients and carers and, in particular, what help and support that people need to manage and make decisions about their own health and wellbeing.
Support for Carers
July 2014: consultation to seek views on what unpaid carers and young carers think about the services and support available and to work with them to improve things in the future.
Other Partner Consulations
NHS England works with NHS staff, patients, stakeholders and the public to improve the health outcomes for people in England. Visit the NHS England website to view their current consultations.
Department of Health
You can give your views on new or changing government policies by responding to consultations. Government departments take these responses into consideration before making decisions. Visit the Department of Health website for any national consultations.