The Right Care Right Time Right Place fourteen week period of formal public consultation on proposed future arrangements for hospital and community health services ended at midnight on Tuesday June 21st.
NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit are currently independently collating and analysing all survey data and feedback in order to produce a report, The Consultation Report of Findings. This is due for completion end August and will be published on the RCRTRP website.
The next step is for NHS Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale CCGs to take time to review, consider and reflect on the Report and our response to the issues and concerns that have been raised.
As part of this deliberation, we will be inviting representatives of local stakeholders such as patient groups, voluntary groups, partner organisations, staff-side representatives, campaign groups, MPs and local councillors to an event to look at the findings of the Consultation.
We will also be considering the views of the Calderdale and Huddersfield Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JHOSC) who will, as part of their continued scrutiny of the Consultation, provide a formal response to the Consultation in early October and Healthwatch, who will provide a formal response by the end of August.
Additionally, we will complete an Equalities and Health Inequalities Impact Assessment which will enable commissioners to pay due regard to their Equality and Health Inequality duties.
Collectively, this information will come together to help us to produce a report of recommendations to support the CCGs’ Governing Bodies in making their decision regarding the outcome of the Consultation and next steps at the meeting in parallel on 20 October.
Once the decision is known, we will publish the outcome and provide as much information as possible about next steps.
- End August: Publication of Consultation Report of Findings
- During September – Mid October: CCGs deliberate on findings and engage with key stakeholders
- Early October: JHOSC provide their response to CCGs
- 20 October: NHS Greater Huddersfield & Calderdale CCGs’ Governing Bodies meet in parallel in public to decide on outcome of Consultation and next steps.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
- NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG led the Right Care, Right Time, Right Place public consultation on the proposed future arrangements for hospital and community health services.
- NHS Calderdale and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCGs, as the organisations responsible for planning and buying health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield, are leading the public consultation supported by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
- No final decisions on the outcome of consultation will be made until the CCGs have properly considered the information gathered through consultation.
- The CCGs’ Governing Bodies will be provided with a range of information to support them in making their decision. This will include the recommendations from the CCGs, the formal response from JHOSC, the formal response from Healthwatch, the Consultation Report of Findings and the Equalities and Health Inequalities Impact Assessment.
- The decision on the outcome of consultation and next steps will be made by the CCGs’ Governing Bodies at a meeting in public in parallel on 20 October.
- We believe that the proposed changes are the best way to provide high quality, safe care that meets national standards and will provide the greatest overall benefits for people living across Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield.
- The reconfiguration of services – the proposed changes – is also part of a bigger transformation that would see more care being delivered closer to home reducing the need for hospital admission.
- The proposals would require significant additional financial investment in facilities, equipment and staffing over the next five years and will see new, modern healthcare facilities being built in both Halifax and Huddersfield.