NHS England has launched a 12-week consultation, which closes on 30 September 2017, on specialised gender identity services for adults (17 and above). NHS England wants to hear people’s views on two proposed service specifications: one for how Gender Identity Clinics will deliver specialised outpatient services; and another for how surgical units will deliver surgical interventions. The proposed service specifications have been developed through engagement with the trans community and clinical experts. James Palmer, Medical Director for Specialised Services at NHS England, has recently taken over as Senior Responsible Officer for this work and has written a blog on the consultation. The proposed service specifications, consultation guide can be viewed here.
Click NHS England’s Public Health Oversight Group is looking for two Patient and Public Voice members. The group oversees the commissioning of the national screening, immunisation and child health information services; this includes cancer screening and childhood vaccinations. Applicants will need to have a genuine commitment to developing excellent health services along with lived experience and understanding of national screening and/or immunisation programmes. Further details about the role can be found on the NHS England website. The closing date for applications is midnight on 14 August 2017. To request an application pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to edit.
Help Healthwatch Hampshire shape future services
Healthwatch Hampshire wants to hear from members of the community who want to to help to be part of shaping and improving local health and social care services across the county. Healthwatch Hampshire are holding a champions day, which will include discussing Healthwatch’s projects for the year ahead, gathering ideas and discussing how people can use their skills and knowledge. This is a great opportunity for local people to get directly involved in our work.
If you want to support your local community to improve health and social care services, and you’re interested in developing new skills and building on existing experience and knowledge, Healthwatch Hampshire would love to hear from you.
Want to be involved? Come along on 31st March, 10-3pm at Healthwatch Hampshire, Westgate Chambers, Staple Gardens, Winchester, SO23 8SR. To book your place, please visit: www.healthwatchhampshire.co.uk/champions-day
If you require more information, you can contact Fiona Biggs
NHS England has published a film which has been co-produced with people with a learning disability. Getting Involved at NHS England clearly explains NHS England’s leadership role in health services. It also encourages patients and the public to get involved in the work of NHS England. The film was produced in response to members of NHS England’s Learning Disability and Autism Forum, who felt NHS England’s role could be explained more simply.
Don't forget to get in touch with Wessex Voices if you would like to get involved in their work across Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. Just email Sue.Newell@helpandcare.org.uk
Four new patient and public participation frameworks have now been published on the NHS England website. They have been developed together with commissioning teams and partners, including patients and the public, and build on the existing NHS England patient and public participation policy and statement of arrangements. They provide practical guidance on the best ways to involve patients and the public in different services and include good practice examples and links to resources for commissioners to use.
Links to all of the new frameworks can be found below:
The participation framework for primary care was published last year.
Just a reminder of a couple of ways of staying in touch with national and regional NHS involvement activities:
NHS's regular newsletter to the public and patients In Touch: a voices for public and patients
Patient Voice South's Newsletter for news of involvement opportunities in the South of England
Don't forget Healthwatch England
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is a free NHS service that reduces the need for you to visit your GP surgery to collect a paper prescription.
You choose the place you would like your prescriptions to go to. Choosing a pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor to process your EPS prescription is called nomination. You can choose the most convenient place for you, such as near your home, where you shop or where you work. The GP practice or pharmacy can record your nomination for you. Nomination is flexible and can be changed or removed at any time.
You can then order your prescription in the same way you do now. Your prescription is sent safely using a NHS secure database by your GP, and will only be seen by exactly the same people who see and use the paper prescription today. Your chosen pharmacy or dispenser will receive the electronic prescription. The prescription is an electronic message, so there is no paper prescription to lose.
For more information, visit www.hscic.gov.uk/epspatients or speak to your pharmacy or GP practice.
This report calls for all NHS organisations to commit to working more closely with patients to meet the requirements of a new relationship with patients and communities outlined in the NHS five year forward view. It looks at what can be achieved by NHS professionals working with patients and looks in detail at case studies drawn from the Fund’s ground-breaking national collaborative pairs (which included Healthwatch Hampshire) programme, which supported patients and health professionals to work together on a wide range of local initiatives.
The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2015 results were published this week. This annual survey of how cancer patients are cared for in the NHS has undergone a review to ensure it is a better tool to help deliver the national cancer strategy, and follows consultation involving patients, clinicians and other stakeholders to ensure it best represents patient experience.
Nationally, the survey shows people reported positively on areas including involvement in decisions about their care and treatment, and feeling they were being treated with dignity and respect.
However, it suggests clear areas for improvement, with many people responding that they would like more support from GPs and nurses at their practice during their cancer treatment; and many feeling they weren’t given enough care and support from their local health or social services.
The reports also highlighted a lot of variation between both clinical commissioning groups and hospital trusts in the experience people had across a range of areas.
The National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.) has launched a new resource guide to help all GP practice Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) work effectively.
NHS England commissioned N.A.P.P. – the national voice for patient participation in primary care – to develop Building better participation, and it is available for download below. A hard copy will be sent to every N.A.P.P. member PPG.
N.A.P.P. President and Chairman, Dr Patricia Wilkie, said “We are delighted to have been able to work with NHS England to produce this guide. Now that all GP practices must have a PPG, this guide will help every PPG and practice be even more effective in working together for the benefit of patients.”
Designed to be of use to all PPGs, whether long-standing or recently formed, whether large or very small, whether in a single practice or as part of a federation of practices,Building better participation was developed and “road tested” with the involvement of over 50 PPG members and Practice Managers. It will help PPGs and their practice to reflect on what they do, how they work, and how they might become even more effective.
Building better participation is a framework of four inter-linking Areas:
Its use of “plain English” helps make it an accessible resource, and it captures links to many helpful online materials to support it.
Professor Nigel Mathers, Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of General Practitioners, added: “Where Patient Participation Groups and GP practices are working well together, these partnerships have already brought significant value to patients and practice staff. We welcome the introduction of this new guide to help more practices collaborate in this way and reap the benefits of effective patient involvement.”