In July, the Panel met and discussed:
- The re-procurement of the integrated urgent care service across Yorkshire and the Humber
- Work to review FIT testing within the lower gastro-intestinal pathway
- The introduction of a Transport and Travel Group for SYB
In relation to the re-procurement of the integrated urgent care service:
The panel discussed how their feedback so far had been integrated into the engagement section of the tendering process and their overall weight in decision-making. At least one member of the panel confirmed they were able to take part in the dialogue discussions around the tender submissions and the group were informed they would recieve the tender submissions in time to input their scores at the next meeting of the Panel (9 August).
Panel members asked questions about whether a helpline for people to discuss non-urgent issues was still available and how signposting to the service and also local support groups could be improved.
There was also a discussion about the merit of social prescribing and whether the new service could refer to local social prescribing support as well as GPs. It was noted that this should be taken as an action to scope in the next stage of 111 procurement.
In relation to the lower gastro-intestinal pathway:
Members of the South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance attended the discussion to ask for Panel members' views on the updated pathway and how as patients they would like to collect the FIT test and be kept updated. The group were also asked whether they, as a group or as individuals, would like to be involved in the implementation group from September onwards. Written feedback was also given by the Panel to the Cancer Alliance team.
In relation to the Transport and Travel Group:
The proposal to introduce a Transport and Travel Group, to run alongside the Citizens' Panel, was introduced to the group with the suggestion that a member of the Panel joins the new group, acting as a liaison between the two groups as well as the Transport and Travel clinical forum. The Panel were asked for their views on the proposal and for advice on recruiting patients and members of the public to the group.
Questions were raised around:
- The remit of the group and where it fit within the ICS workstreams (and review of hospital services)
- The frequency of the meetings
- How the group would challenge assumptions of realistic travel timeframes in regards to public transport
- What demographics need to be considered and how would these people be recruited to make sure the group is representative
- Will routing options be tested - eg, to note challenges with peak transport times, parking and public transport connections
- Where the meetings of the group would be held as this could pose travel problems itself
Further items proposed by the Panel to consider when setting up the group included:
· Target dial-a-ride - people who volunteer to take people to hospital.
· Talk to people with ideas rather than objections.
· Should parking be a guiding factor as to where specific services are based (if services are being reduced in some hospitals).
· Mix of people - villages and towns
· Ensure we take account of how people travel to appointments
· Frequency of travel (regular or one-off)
· Volunteer driver support (Retford Drivers, Sheffield Community Transport etc.)
· Rural villages need a say
· Drivers and non-drivers
· Deprived areas - people with less money to travel
· Disability Awareness - physical and learning needs
· Transport enthusiasts
· Someone from Passenger transport authority.
· Planning for future transport projects (e.g. train-tram)
· Recruiting - jobless in furthest possible place
· People local to hospital – impacted by increased traffic.