Somerset CCG regularly conducts consultations and surveys to ensure we are commissioning the best healthcare services for the people of Somerset. Feedback is used to make improvements and gives the local population a say in how services are commissioned.
Current surveys, consultations and engagement
We are currently seeking your views on the following and would appreciate you taking the time to have your say and get involved:
Non Urgent Patient Transport
NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across the South West are working collaboratively to develop a consistent approach to eligibility for NHS-funded patient transport.
Patient transport is a non-emergency service offered to people who cannot get to their hospital appointments because their health condition impacts on their ability to use routine transport (cars/trains/buses/taxis/wheelchair taxis).
National eligibility criteria were set in 2007, however these have been subject to variation in local interpretation, agreed exclusions, and the way that eligibility is applied.
The aim of the CCGs is to ensure that NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport is provided in a fair way for all those who need help getting to hospital appointments.
Equity of entitlement to NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport hinges on all patients being considered against a common eligibility assessment, which in turn necessitates the removal of any existing automatic entitlements.
In support of this aim, the CCGs have agreed a short patient/public questionnaire to help inform the process.
You can complete the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHS_NEPTHaveYourSay
Or phone 01278 727442 and ask for a hard copy.
The questionnaire is open to receive responses from 16 October to 10 November 2017.
Somerset Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)
NHS organisations in different parts of the country have been asked to come together to develop 'place-based plans' for the future of health and care services in their area. These Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) are five-year plans covering all areas of NHS spending in England. A total of 44 areas have been identified as the geographical 'footprints' on which the plans will be based.
Somerset's plan describes why we need to change the way health services are structured and delivered in order to meet the future needs of the people of Somerset. There will shortly be a programme of engagement events which will be publicised locally.
Find out more about Somerset's STP and learn how to get involved
Closed surveys, consultations and engagement
The following consultations and engagement have now closed:
Have your say on services at Weston General Hospital
Proposed changes in formulary status; medicines for minor ailments and gluten-free products
Somerset Fertility Assessment and Treatment Consultation
Somerset Autism Strategy
Shepton Mallet Health Campus
Making the Most of Community Services
Creating Excellent Stroke Services
Proposals for New Health Services for Patients with Coeliac Disease in Somerset
Five Year Commissioning Strategy and Two Year Delivery Plan
Somerset Joint Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy