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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

No current consultations


NHS England Consultations and Surveys

Have your say on Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) services - Deadline 17 July

The NHS England proposals regarding the future commissioning of congenital heart disease (CHD) services for children and adults describe plans to ensure a consistent standard of care for CHD patients, including the implementation of national service standards at every hospital that provides CHD services. If the proposals are put in place it will mean that some hospitals will carry out more CHD surgery and catheter procedures, while others, which do not meet the relevant standards, will stop doing this work. Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, which is currently a choice for people living in Northamptonshire, is one of the hospitals where it is intended that operations for both children and adults would stop.  The proposed alternative sites would be Birmingham or Leeds.

NHS England is consulting patients and the public on these proposals until 5 June and the potential impact they may have. You can give your views through a range of face to face and online events.

Healthwatch Northamptonshire intends to submit a response to the consultation and would welcome the views of people in Northamptonshire who use these services. Please send your comments to enquiries@healthwatchnorthamptonshire.co.uk

CHD services consultation

Other NHS England consultations


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

Consultation on proposed changes to the future provision of Specialist Fertility Treatment - Deadline 31 July

This consultation is to gather feedback and hear the views of the public on the proposal to stop routinely commissioning specialist fertility treatment other than for two specified exceptions. You can find out more and provide feedback via the link below. 

This consultation runs from 13 March 2017, and has been extended until 5pm on 31 July 2017 to take account of the general election.

Consultation details


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




Department of Health

Availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription - Deadline 22 June

The Department of Health seeks views on proposals on whether to make changes to the availability of gluten-free foods that are prescribed on the NHS (consultation open until 22 June 2017).

Consultation details


General Pharmaceutical Council

Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals - Deadline 17 July

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and registered pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales. They are seeking the views of patients, carers, users of pharmacy services and the public on their proposals to introduce revalidation for pharmacy professionals.

Revalidation is being introduced to further assure people that their trust in pharmacy professionals is well placed and that pharmacy professionals are continuing to meet the standards expected of them throughout their careers.

Pharmacy professionals are already asked to demonstrate how they keep their knowledge and skills up to date by undertaking and recording their learning and development activities. They will continue to do this but will focus more on how their learning and development benefits the people using their services.

The GPhC is proposing that all pharmacy professionals will be required to complete a number of activities each year which involve them reflecting on their learning and practice. All pharmacy professionals will then need to submit records of these activities to the GPhC before renewing their registration.

The GPhC want to know your views on the overall approach they are proposing, and on the revalidation framework which sets out the expectations of what pharmacy professionals and the GPhC must do each year.

You can find out more on the GPhC website, by following @TheGPhC on twitter or at Facebook.com/TheGPhC

Consultation survey

Further details


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


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Text 07951 419331 (10am-4pm M-F)
Registered office of Healthwatch Northamptonshire for Connected Together Community Interest Company. Registered in England and Wales. No: 8496240

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