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: 

Start Well, Live Well, Age Well

The West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) has published its revised Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy: Start Well, Live Well, Age Well and you are invited to comment. In this draft strategy, the HWB has set up its vision and ways in which it will work to improve health and wellbeing for all in West Sussex. Your comments are important in helping to shape the final strategy; all responses received will be considered and no personal identifiable information will be used in the report.

The consultation is open from Monday 3 December until Sunday 27 January 2019. You can read the draft strategy on the West Sussex Have Your Say Consultation Hub.

Please take a few minutes after reading to complete the online survey to give your feedback.

If you have any queries or require assistance, please contact Aloisia Katsande or Jacqueline Clay.

Have your say on new ‘prescriptions’ consultation

People are being urged to take part in a new consultation this week focused on ‘low priority’ prescribing.

NHS England is asking for views nationally on a number of products that are deems to be items of relatively low clinical effectiveness, items which are clinically effective but where more cost effective items are available, or items which are clinically effective but, due to the nature of the item, are deemed a low priority for NHS funding.

The items that the NHS wants to hear views on are:

  • Silk garments
  • Aliskiren – used to treat blood pressure
  • Amiodarone – used to treat abnormal heart rhythms
  • Bath and shower emollient preparations
  • Dronedarone – used to treat atrial fibrillation
  • Minocycline – used to treat acne
  • Blood glucose testing strips 
  • Needles for pre-filled and reusable insulin pens – proposed recommendations are focused on substitution for more cost-effective products rather than a reduction in prescribing of these items.

The national consultation is open for three months until 28 February 2019.

After this date, feedback will be collated and will help to inform guidance that will be issued to CCGs across the country.

It comes after NHS England agreed the end to the routine prescribing of 18 low value items for 35 minor conditions where products are available over the counter, often at lower cost, such as paracetamol and cough mixture. 

The initiatives could free up more than £200 million a year for reinvestment in frontline care.

Together the new items being consulted on cost the NHS more than £68 million a year.

As the NHS draws up its long term plan, the use of medicines and what is available on prescription will be a key element.

Please have your say and complete the prescriptions consultation.

NHS seeking patient and public views on the future of local community services

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is seeking the views of patients and members of the public as it begins work on designing the future of community services.

The Trust, which provides NHS community services in homes, schools, clinics and hospitals across Sussex, has launched a programme of engagement called Sussex Community Conversations.

The Trust wants to hear from its staff, former and present patients, local people and community groups.

It wants to know what is important to them and how NHS community services could best meet the needs of local people.

Readers' group

Are you interested in ‘proofing’ draft documentation for the CCG?

We currently have a small group of ‘readers’ who regularly review letters and leaflets and offer suggestions on how these can be more ‘patient friendly’.

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