Have your say - current opportunities

We are committed to working with our patients and the public as partners. We are also committed to putting patients and the public at the heart of all we do; we want patients and local people to be directly involved in our work, helping us to shape local health services.

Here are some current opportunities to have your say: 

New public websites

On the 1 April 2020 we will be launching a new public websites for each of our NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Sussex.

On this date, our three CCGs in West Sussex are merging into one new West Sussex CCG and our three East Sussex CCGs into one new East Sussex CCG, with Brighton and Hove CCG remaining unchanged.

This gives us an opportunity to overhaul our web presence and the way that we communicate and engage with the patients and public across Sussex online.

To help inform us about your priorities and what you would like from our future websites, we’d be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete a survey. If you’d be able to help out in any other way as we get closer to launch, there is a space at the end for you to leave your contact details. 

Compassionate Communities

In West Sussex, we are working together to better understand how communities can come together to support people during illness, dying and bereavement.

In line with National ambitions for palliative and end of life care, we want people in West Sussex to be able to say;

I live in a community where everybody recognises that we all have a role to play in supporting each other in times of crisis and loss.  People are ready, willing and confident to have conversations about living and dying well and to support each other in emotional and practical ways.

Please tell us your views by completing a short survey


NHS England Oversight Framework for 2019/20

As you may know, our CCGs are assessed annually by NHS England against 5 domains, rating each CCG as red, amber, green or green star. This is referred to as the Oversight Framework.

Prior to the rating being awarded,  CCGs are required to perform a self-assessment and we hope that you will help us to do this.

In the spirit of partnership working, we hope that you can work with us to identify the best examples of public involvement, drawing on your own experience of working with the CCGs and its communities.

With your support, we hope to be able to highlight examples where Public Involvement is evident in each of the 5 domains:

  1. Governance
  2. Annual Reporting
  3. Day to Day practice
  4. Feedback and Evaluation
  5. Equality and Diversity.

Last year the CCGs in Sussex were rated overall as Green – ‘Good’ in this assessment, and we hope to exceed this with an outstanding rating where possible this year.

There are some areas where the CCGs practice of involving people is stronger and others where improvements could be made.

Come and join us in this process of self-assessment on either:

Date: Monday 20 January 2020

Time: 11am – 12.30pm

Venue: Coastal West Sussex CCG offices, 1 The Causeway, Goring by Sea, BN12 6BT


Date: Tuesday 21 January 2020

Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

Venue: Meeting Room 1, Crawley/Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG offices, Lower Ground Floor, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley, RH11 7DH

where we will look at the requirements, focus on areas where improvements could be made and actively seek examples for each criteria.

Please let us know if you would like to be involved by attending on the above date.

If you are not able to join us in person, but have some insights about how we might demonstrate examples of good practice in how we involve the public, then please let us know 

Review of emotional health and wellbeing support for young people

The number of children and young people needing help and support for their mental health and emotional wellbeing is growing.

NHS and local authorities across Sussex have commissioned a review, to be independently chaired, of the emotional health and wellbeing support available for local children and young people between 0-18 years of age and including transition into adulthood. 

Find out more: join an open space event or focus group and complete a survey.

Womens health survey - reproductive choices

The Clinical Commissioning Groups for Sussex are reviewing the Termination of Pregnancy Service (ToPS) to streamline and improve experiences for women. Currently there are several contracts in place and this review will look to bring these together into a single contract.

There are many reasons why someone may decide to terminate a pregnancy and this can often be a very difficult decision. 1 in 3 UK women will have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old*. (* British Pregnancy Advisory Service). Whilst this piece of work won’t be looking at opinions around whether or not such a service should exist, it will be focusing on how people, especially those who are vulnerable, can be best supported if they ever became a service user.

It’s important that we understand issues such as:
•    accessing information;
•    practicing confidentiality, discretion and sensitivity; 
•    accessing services away from where people live.

In addition we would like to hear anything else that people feel is important to consider when reviewing this service. We have a short, anonymous survey which will help us make sure the service meets the needs of those who use it. The survey will close on Sunday 10 November.

Readers' group

We want to make sure that our communications are clear, easy to understand and offer helpful information and advice. To help with this, we have a small group of ‘readers’ who regularly review letters and leaflets and offer suggestions on how these can be more patient friendly.

We ask our readers group to comment on a range of materials such as GP letters, leaflets and web pages and the types of questions we ask are:

  • Is the information easy to read and understand;
  • How useful is the information;
  • Would the format benefit from photographs or additional text.

If you would like more information about becoming one of our readers please contact Vicky Smart on 01903 708411 or at vickysmart1@nhs.net.