You said, we did
We recognise how important it is for us to be open and transparent about how your comments and feedback help to inform our work, plans and commissioning decisions.
Here are some examples of the difference you made.
A meeting was facilitated between patient groups and Primary Care to discuss the challenges being experienced by patients and Primary Care.
This provided an opportunity for Primary Care to share the pressures they were facing in practices. The patient groups involved penned a letter of support to practices which was shared with support from the communications team.
We sought feedback from some patient representatives on a patient facing communications to help manage people’s expectations and provide reassurance around waiting times.
The new Community Diagnostic Hub is being sited in Stafford Park 1 in the TF3 area of Telford, approximately 1 mile from the town centre. The site is accessible by public transport (bus and train) and has good car parking.
The engagement team worked with different communities to understand the nature of the hesitancy, the questions they had and the most effective communications channels.
In partnership, together we created a number of different resources to share accurate information and address their questions directly. These were shared through their networks and formed part of a toolkit which was distributed to businesses.
During a review of the High Intensity User Service, we were told that the name can lead to people feeling as though they are at fault, or to blame. In reality, a lot of multiple A&E attendances are not through choice, but through other services not meeting the person’s needs in the right way.
We pulled together a number of alternative names for the service with the help of patient representatives and those involved in the review, and asked people to vote for their preferred option.
Based on the outcome of the vote, the future version of the service will be called the Positive Lives Service.
Staff from the CCG visited ethnic minority groups within Telford and Wrekin to understand how different communities deal with mental health and access support.
Many of the people they spoke to weren’t aware of the support available, didn’t know how to access it, or experienced barriers in access due to language or cultural beliefs.
This led to the development of a mental health community event, involving partners from the local health and care system and community leaders. The event was an opportunity to share and gather further insight about people’s experiences and views of mental health support and raise awareness of the support on offer.
The event has enabled the health and care system to develop stronger links with the different communities and generated recommendations for the system to take forward.
To read the evaluation report, please click here.
Through the engagement that helped shape our Palliative and End of Life Care Strategy, people identified that communities need to be supported to talk about death and dying. We set up a working group, including and chaired by members of the public, called the Growing the Conversations Group. The group developed resources, put together sessions on the local radio, and ran a number of events in the community, to support professionals and members of the public to have these conversations.
Concerns raised regarding the proposed hub site on Oteley Road have been taken into consideration and other potential options are now being reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders, including patients.