Get involved

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

How staff patients and public involved.png

Find out more about the Citizen's Panel here. You can also ask questions about our work in public meetings, including  at the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JHOSC) meeting.

 

How can I get involved?

There are a lot of workstreams, all looking at different areas of services. If you would like us to keep in touch about any of them, please email helloworkingtogether@nhs.net with:

  • Your name
  • Your email (or postal address)
  • Your contact telephone number
  • The workstream(s) areas you are interested in​

Current Surveys

Proposed changes to our joint Access to Infertility Treatment policy

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the Yorkshire and Humber area are considering some changes to our shared approach to supporting people who are experiencing infertility to access specialist interventions to help them conceive.

A joint commissioning policy was developed in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Expert Fertility Panel (a panel predominantly made up of clinicians and fertility experts) and adopted in 2013. Recently CCGs across the Yorkshire and the Humber agreed to work together again to update this policy in light of new NICE guidance and other policy changes.

The shared policy sets out who is eligible for specialist fertility services.

This shared policy is not about how many cycles of infertility treatments are paid for by individual CCGs. This is covered by each CCG’s own local policy around funding of specialist infertility treatment.

The new policy contains some changes. The majority of these are simple changes to wording. These will either make the policy easier to read or reflect changes to clinical terminology as infertility treatment develops. These small changes will not affect how couples may be eligible for treatment.

However, there are four changes that might affect whether a couple may be eligible for NHS funded specialist fertility treatment.

The proposed changes

Eligibility of Overseas Visitors

Changes to the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 were introduced into Parliament on 19 July 2017. As a result, from 21 August 2017, assisted conception services are no longer included in the scope of services. This means those people who need to pay the NHS surcharge are no longer eligible for NHS funded assisted conception, this includes initial fertility investigations.

Where one partner has a different immigration status to the other, treatment will not be funded if one partner is not eligible as the policy applies as a couple. So, if either of the couple has to pay the immigration health surcharge, they will not be eligible for NHS funded specialist infertility treatment.

Transgender Couples

The definition of Infertility has been explicitly amended to include Transgender which will broaden access to NHS funded specialist infertility treatment to transgender couples.

Same Sex Couples

The new policy will give same sex couples access to NHS funded IUI and DI (Artificial Insemination and Donor Insemination) which increases access to treatment for same sex couples.

Need to be smoke free

In order to be eligible for NHS funded specialist fertility treatment, couples must be able to demonstrate they have been smoke free for at least three months. This will be confirmed with a carbon monoxide breath test.

This change is based on national guidance about how smoking has a negative effect on the chances of successful IVF treatment.

If you have any comments about the new policy, we would like to hear from you before 6th October 2019

After this date, your views will help inform your local CCG as they consider whether to adopt the new policy.

You can view the new proposed wording for the policy here

You can view the current policy for your area on the following links:

Bassetlaw CCG

Barnsley CCG

Doncaster CCG

Rotherham CCG

Sheffield CCG

You can share your views about the changes in the policy here

 

A Health Information Website for pregnant women, parents with children, young people and families across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

We want your valuable feedback on the development of a health information website!

The NHS in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw would like to hear your views about a health information website we are thinking of developing for pregnant women, parents with children, young people and their families.  We understand how difficult it can be to get simple and trusted health and wellbeing information to support access to the right services.  We recognise that health and wellbeing information is vast which can lead to inconsistent messages about health in pregnancy your child's health. This sometimes leads to being directed to services (like A&E) when they are not necessarily the best place to be seen and treated.

We want pregnant women, young people and parents to feel empowered when making decisions about their own or child’s health and wellbeing, including when and where to seek help and the various choices available to them.  To support this, we are considering developing across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw a website similar to one developed in Hampshire called Healthier Together; which is available using the following link: https://what0-18.nhs.uk/parentscarers

Our local website would be created by a team of experts including Consultant Paediatricians, Neonatologists, Obstetricians, GPs, Nurses, Midwives and other key health professionals.  The website aims to provide effective, safe and consistent health and wellbeing information that is from trusted and evidenced research.  When developed the website will be available for use by pregnant women, parents, young people and their families. For health professionals and practitioners (across primary and secondary care) the website will also act as a point of reference and can be used to help sign post to further available support and services.  The website can be downloaded as a mobile phone app and links to patient information pages can also be sent by an SMS text facility for free.
 

To help us create this website to be most useful to you, we would be really grateful if you could spend a few minutes looking at the website and completing the following survey questions through the link buttons below. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, a parent/carer with children and/or young people or family members, please use the survey link for parents/carers. If you are providing feedback as a health professional please click the survey for health professionals.

To help you navigate the Hampshire Healthier Together website please find below some useful tips:

Top tip for pregnant women, parents/carers:

It would be helpful if you could take a look at the section(s) that focus on advice in pregnancy or childhood health. 

The link below will take you to information and advice if you have concerns that your child is unwell: https://what0-18.nhs.uk/parentscarers/worried-your-child-unwell

The link here will take you to advice and support in pregnancy: https://what0-18.nhs.uk/pregnant-women

The survey will prompt you to say which specific area you looked at today. If you could take the time to look at a couple of areas and think about:

  • Is the information helpful?
  • Is the ‘when I should worry’ traffic light information system useful and easy to follow?
  • Do you understand the information presented? 
  • There is also a text SMS facility to send pages to your mobile phone.  Try it, it’s a free service.  Would it be helpful to receive information this way from your GP or Health Professional?

We would welcome your feedback if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey below.  All responses are completely anonymous.

Complete the survey for pregnant women/ parents/ carers here

Top Tip for Health Professionals/Practitioners:

It would be helpful if you could take a look at the section(s) that focus on advice in pregnancy or childhood health. 

The link below will take you to information and advice if you have concerns that your child is unwell: https://what0-18.nhs.uk/parentscarers/worried-your-child-unwell

The link here will take you to advice and support in pregnancy: https://what0-18.nhs.uk/pregnant-women

The survey will prompt you to say which specific area you looked at today. If you could take the time to look at a couple of areas and think about:

  • Have a look through the conditions that you feel are pertinent to you or your work.  Please consider:
  • Would you use this information as a reference?
  • Would you feel happy to share the information with families you work with?
  • Is the traffic light system for ‘when should you worry’ helpful/useful?

There is also a free text SMS facility to send pages directly to your phone and this can be used by health professionals to share information with pregnant women, young people and families.  Is this something you would use?

We would welcome your feedback if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey below.  All responses are completely anonymous.

Complete the survey for health professionals/ practitioners here

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.