Public Consultations 

In this section you will see the consultations that the CCG is currently holding. We will also share links to other consultations being held by our partners in NHS England, Thurrock Council and other health and care organisations.

If this section is blank, it means that their are currently no consultations which primarily concern the CCG and its work. However our partners may still be holding consultations. Below are some links to the pertinent sections of their websites:

Thurrock Council: https://consult.thurrock.gov.uk/portal/

NHS England: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/

Department of Health: https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/

NICE: https://www.nice.org.uk/about/nice-communities/public-involvement

Older Persons Housing Survey 2018

Thurrock Council’s Public Health team are holding a survey to get the views of Thurrock residents on the housing needs of older residents. Find out more below.

In Thurrock, there are a growing number of older people. There is a strong link between good housing and health for older residents. Issues around accessibility, affordable warmth, maintenance requirements, running costs and isolation from family and friends can all have an impact, and sometimes facilities and services make a person’s existing home unsuitable for their needs in older age.

The Council’s Public Health team are currently leading a piece of work to identify what the housing needs of older people in Thurrock are: what types of housing older people want, what is important to older people in terms of their home, how older people can be supported to stay in their own homes for longer and how the council can better support older people in their choices.

The purpose of this survey is to get the views of Thurrock residents on the above. Thurrock residents of all ages are encouraged to complete so their views can be taken into account for future housing strategies and planning of services.

The survey runs until 05 October 2018 and can be found on the Thurrock Council website

NHS launches consultation on future NHS provider structure

A new consultation has launched on proposals for improving integration between NHS providers in England.

The consultation from NHS England is looking for feedback on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs). These are organisations which could potentially be able to provide a wide range of health and care services.

Currently Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and local Councils draw up multiple contracts with different providers. Where ICPs are used, CCGs and local Councils will be able to use one contract to buy lots of health and care services from one provider.

The consultation provides more detail about how the proposed ICP Contract would underpin integration between services, how it differs from existing NHS contracts, and how ICPs fit into the broader commissioning system.

The NHS has been working on ways to end the fragmented way that services can be provided. ICPs are one of the ways and are intended to allow health and care organisations to be funded to provide services for a local population in a coordinated way.

ICPs represent an additional option for the commissioning of services locally and are not expected to be used everywhere.

The 12 week consultation launched on Friday 03 August and will run until Friday 26 October 2018. People can give their views online or by post. NHS England will also hold engagement events during the consultation period to listen to stakeholders’ views.

For more information on the consultation including how you can take part, click the link below:

Consultation on contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs) 

Your views wanted on proposals to stop ineffective treatments

NHS England has launched a consultation on plans to stop offering treatments that are clinically ineffective or less effective than alternative treatments.

The proposals would mean that several treatments are not performed or only performed in clearly defined circumstances.

The following interventions are proposed to no longer be routinely commissioned by CCGs because they are ineffective or have been superseded by a safer alternative:

  • Snoring Surgery (in the absence of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea)
  • Dilatation and curettage for heavy menstrual bleeding in women
  • Knee arthroscopy for patients with osteoarthritis
  • Injections for nonspecific low back pain without sciatica

There are also recommendations that thirteen other interventions should only be performed in specific circumstances where they have been proved to be clinically effective. These include breast reduction, removal of benign lesions, use of grommets, tonsillectomy and haemorrhoid surgery.

The consultation runs until Friday 28 September 2018 and is part of a joint programme – the Evidence Based Intervention Programme – between NHS England, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NICE, NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS Improvement’s GIRFT Programme.

For more information and to respond, please visit the NHS England Consultation website

Give your views on online GP consultations

NHS England is seeking views on online GP consultations – an alternative way to have a consultation from a GP.

NHS England is currently supporting GP practices to provide consultations with GPs or other health professionals via the internet. These services are referred to as ‘online consultations’.

Online consultations mean that anyone using the service will not have to take time out to come to the practice or wait on the phone. Using a smartphone, tablet or computer, you can contact your practice about a new problem or an ongoing issue.

Places using online consultations already have found a number of benefits, including quicker responses for patients, being more convenient for patients as they don’t have to travel to the practice and more appointments being made available to patients.

The survey is open until Friday 15 June 2018 and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. For more information and to complete the survey, click the link below:

Your thoughts on ‘online consultations’ – an alternative way to have a consultation from your GP 

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