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Current consultations - have your say

Local and national health and social care organisations often want to know what you think about changes they want to introduce.

This page highlights some of the issues that these organisations are currently asking about that could affect people who use health and social care services.

Northamptonshire local government shake-up proposal - closes 25 January 2019

A consultation has been published seeking views on the reorganisation of local government in Northamptonshire. 

Ministers are seeking evidence on proposals to shake-up the way local government operates in Northamptonshire as part of a public consultation. Seven councils in the county have submitted a proposal to the Communities Secretary to replace the current two-tier system of local government with two new unitary authorities. If implemented, this would see one unitary authority covering the area of Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire while the another would oversee Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough.

Visit the consultation website to find out more

Further details   Online survey

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Northamptonshire County Council Current Consultations

Consultation on the proposed change to the provision of Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Services - closes 8 February 2019

In October 2017 a public consultation was held around three proposals for the future of Northamptonshire Libraries. Details of this consultation are available on NCC's website: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/past-consultations

Following a Judicial Review in August 2018, the decision to keep 15 libraries under Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) control and offer the other 21 to community groups to be run as independent libraries was quashed. In September 2018, the new Chief Executive of the NCC conducted a new review of the library service, to make sure that NCC delivers its statutory duty to provide a “comprehensive and efficient” library service, whilst achieving the necessary savings for the Council by identifying opportunities to work with community groups to co-produce community managed libraries where possible. Following meetings with community groups, parishes and Borough and District councils, individual proposals have been identified for nearly every library within the county. NCC is now consulting on these proposals for each individual library EXCEPT Abington, Duston, Far Cotton, Finedon, Higham Ferrers, Irchester, Long Buckby, St James (NCC is still working closely with some communities to develop solutions for these eight libraries and will consult on the proposals for these at a later date once they are available - let them know if you would like to be contacted when the consultation on a library not currently being consulted upon begins).

Visit the website for further information and details of the proposals for each library

Have your say
You can give your views in a number of ways:

NCC also welcome feedback on the overall approach being taken to libraries, and you can do this either by:

  • emailing consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

  • writing to: Consultation, Equalities and Accessibility Team, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED


Conversation Northamptonshire - Northamptonshire County Council's 2019-20 Budget Consultation - closes 23 January 2019

NCC say: "The proposed budget agreed by Cabinet on 11 December 2018 marks a turning point for Northamptonshire County Council, as it sets us on the path of securing and stabilising our financial position, transforming our services and confidently moving towards the future. We are putting forward a fresh way for us to rise to our financial challenges. We are investing so we increase capacity in our own services, facilities and assets, so we can improve outcomes for our most vulnerable adults and children and at the same time become less reliant on more expensive external contracts and arrangements. This budget marks the start of being able to stabilise our financial position and improve our financial management while making services far more sustainable for the longer term.

We want to gain a better understanding of people’s opinions and need you to help us shape the future design and focus of our services. What you say will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified. Your feedback on this consultation is really important to us, and all consultation feedback will be analysed and considered, and will help Councillors make a final decision on the budget at the Full Council meeting on 21 February 2019. This meeting is held in public and anyone wishing to speak at the meeting must call Customer Services on 0300 126 1000."

Visit the website for further information

Have your say
You can give your views in a number of ways:

NHS England Consultations and Surveys

NHS England has a number of open national consultations and surveys - follow the link below.

NHS England consultations

Developing a patient safety strategy for the NHS - closes 15 February 2019

NHS Improvement is developing proposals for a new national patient safety strategy to support the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world. The strategy is being developed alongside the NHS Long Term Plan and will be relevant to all parts of the NHS, be that physical or mental health care, in or out of hospital and primary care.
To make sure the strategy works for patients, NHS staff and providers, they are consulting on their proposals. Your opinions will help them shape and refine the final version of their national patient safety strategy.

Visit the website for further information


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Healthwatch Northamptonshire is also interested in your views so talk to us!

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Annual Report 2017/18

See how your feedback has made a difference to health and care services in Northamptonshire.


Read our Annual Report here

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