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Citizen and staff involvement is crucial in shaping future health and care services

We want everyone in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to have a great start in life, with the support they need to stay healthy and live longer. In order to do this, we know we need to look at doing some things differently.

It’s important to us that staff, patients and the public are a part of this process every step of the way and we are committed to ensuring individuals and group’s views and experiences influence our work streams. We know that involving patients and the public allows us to better meet the needs of the local populations we serve.

We need to ensure that the diverse range of people who live in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw have the opportunity to have their say and the information they need to be involved in the decision making. We will consider a range of options for involvement and will address barriers which can prevent involvement

Everything you need to know about your local health and care services will be delivered in an honest and clear way. Any involvement will not be just a ‘tick-box’ exercise and we will clear how the findings will be fed into our work.

The infographic below explains some of the ways in which patients, public and staff are involved in our work. Find out more about our Citizens Panel here


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You can also ask questions about our work in public meetings, including at the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups (JCCCG) and the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JHOSC) meeting. 

Sometimes engagement work will be taking place that isn’t specific to a workstream but is relevant across the whole of the ICS. We are about to launch a new engagement exercise on the back of the NHS Long Term Plan, which will help shape the South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw 5 Year Plan.

How can I get involved?

There are a lot of workstreams, all looking at different areas of services (see below for more details). If you would like us to keep in touch about any of them, please email with:

  • Your name
  • Your email (or postal address)
  • Your contact telephone number
  • The workstream(s) areas you are interested in
  • Any special requirements for events
  • Would you like to receive our monthly ‘Working for you’ bulletin?

Our workstreams are:

  • Allied Health Professions
  • Cancer Alliance
  • Digital and IT
  • Elective care and diagnostics
  • Healthy lives, living well and prevention
  • Hospital services review
  • Maternity and children’s
  • Medicines optimisation
  • Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
  • Pathology services
  • Primary care
  • Social prescribing
  • Support services and estates
  • Urgent and emergency care
  • Workforce

Developing best practice in patient/public and staff engagement

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System has been selected by NHS England to pilot national work on Public Engagement and Clinical Leadership. As part of this work we held two major events. This involved members from across the system taking part in a benchmarking exercise around the areas of ‘what good looks like’ for Public Engagement and Clinical Leadership, developed by the National System Transformation group.

Discovery Day –  20th November 2018

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS), has been selected to be the first of six national NHS England Public Engagement Projects. As part of this project, on November 20th the ICS held its first Public Engagement Discovery Workshop at The Source Skills Academy.

In preparation for the workshop, 49 stakeholders completed a ‘self-assessment’ survey where they scored the ICS’ performance in communications and engagement against ‘10 areas of what “good” public engagement looks like’, developed by the System Transformation Group at NHS England (taken from statutory guidance and system experiences). The results of this survey were used to identify what’s working well and areas of improvement for the ICS. The day was an opportunity to reflect on where we are, network and share learning across the region and brainstorm ways we can achieve best practise communications and engagement in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.

The event brought together around 80 staff from the ICS and partners from CCGS, trusts, local authorities, the voluntary and community sector and representatives of the public (such as lay members, citizens’ panel and Save our NHS). Delegates listened to talks on system-working from NHS England and the Kings Fund, gained insight from reflections from the voluntary and community sector and took part in proactive action planning sessions.

This work will also lead to an updated national model for achieving effective public engagement in ICSs and the development of a stronger national network of ICS public engagement leads


Clinical Leadership Event – 15th January 2019

On Tuesday 15 January approximately 80 clinicians from a variety of professions, services and organisations across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw attended an event aimed at better understanding the role clinical leaders will play in our Integrated Care System (ICS).

The event, badged as a “Clinical Leadership Discovery Day”, was jointly hosted with NHS England and led by South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS Medical Director, Professor Des Breen.

Dr Claire Fuller, the leader of the Surrey Heartlands ICS, shared her experience of putting in place similar ways of working in another part of the country and Angela Wood, Chief Nurse from the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust discussed a positive response to a recently circulated self - assessment survey, outlining our strengths and areas of development so far.

All feedback from the day is being compiled and will be used to develop an action plan which will then be shared with those who attended the event.

NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan, was published on 7th January 2018. The plan is the NHS’ vision of how to make our service fit for the future. It also shows the NHS will give everyone the best start in life; deliver world-class care for major health problems, such as cancer and heart disease, and help people age well.

Over the next few months, staff, patients and the public will have the opportunity to help shape what the NHS Long Term Plan means for the area, and how the services they use or work in need to change and improve over the next few years.