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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 County Council

Commissioning Healthwatch Northamptonshire 2018-2021 Consultation

Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion for people who use health and social care services. Its job is to ensure that local voices are heard and that people’s views and experiences are used to improve existing services and to help shape future services. Where concerns and problems about care services have been identified they will ensure that the right people know and check that action is taken to resolve them and prevent them from happening again.

Each local authority is required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to make arrangements to establish and maintain a local Healthwatch organisation in its area. Healthwatch Northamptonshire has been established since 2013 and its current contract ends in March 2018.

Northamptonshire County Council are re-commissioning their Healthwatch services, with the new service being live from 1 April 2018, and we would like to hear your views to help us explore and shape how Healthwatch in Northamptonshire will look from April 2018 onwards.

After the consultation has ended we will consider the views of local people and organisations along with any other relevant information and will use these to develop the best model for Healthwatch in Northamptonshire.

You can have your say in a number of different ways:

This consultation closes on 1 September 2017.

Text survey

Easy Read survey 


Commissioning Support for the Voluntary and Community Sector 2018-2021 Consultation

The Voluntary Sector Support contract ends on 31 March 2018.  Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) are seeking views from Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, volunteers and individuals who access services both from the Council’s currently contracted organisation (Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire) and other non-NCC funded support organisations that provide similar services to communities and organisations.

The current contractor in addition to providing externally facing services to organisations, communities, volunteers and individuals provides views from the Voluntary and Community Sector to the Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) and strategic boards (Health and Wellbeing, Sustainable Transformation Plan for example) so that these are included in statutory business planning.

This consultation is required to ascertain the views from Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, volunteers and individuals to help shape the new contract for 2018 – 2021. Consideration needs to be given to tighter budgets but ensuring that the service is targeted to the most need as described by the outcomes of the consultation.

If you currently work for, volunteer or access services from Voluntary and Community Sector support organisations, then we would like to hear your views to help shape the development of the next Voluntary and Community Sector support contract.

You can have your say in a number of different ways:

This consultation closes on 1 September 2017.


Commissioning 0-19 years Public Health Nursing Services Consultation

Northamptonshire County Council is responsible for making sure that all children (aged 0-19) are safe, as healthy as they can, and that any health or development problems are identified as early as possible and the right treatment and care offered.

This includes offering every pregnant mother wellbeing assessments during the third trimester of pregnancy and after the birth of a child, providing support for breast feeding, health assessments and development checks at key points in every child’s life, and advice support and information to help all families support their children to grow up happy, healthy and achieving their full potential.

This service is currently delivered by the 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service, which is made up of Health Visitors and School Nurses (these are registered nurses who have additional public health qualifications depending on whether they work with families and young children 0-4 or with young people aged 5-19), specialist breast feeding nurses and nurses who have been specially trained to deliver support to teenage parents. The nursing teams are supported by nursery nurses and other support staff and liaise closely with family doctors, hospital A and E departments, Children’s Centres and social care staff.

We want to make access to this service as easy as possible for parents and their children.

You can have your say in a number of different ways:

This consultation closes on 8 September 2017.


NHS England Consultations and Surveys

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

NHS England consultations

Current consultations include:

Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care: A Consultation on guidance for CCGs - closes 21 October 2017

Gender Identity Services for Adults - closes 30 September


Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP)

Neighbouring STP

If you live near the borders of the county you might be affected by Sustainability and Transformation Plans of neighbouring regions.

Neighbouring STP area current consultations


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


Annual Report 2016/17

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


Read our Annual Report here 

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