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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.

The MS Society - both surveys close 31 May 2019

If you are over 18, living in the UK, with a confirmed diagnosis of MS then you can help increase the MS Society's understanding of living with MS by signing up here. If you are a family member or friend of someone with MS, you can also fill out a survey about your experiences here.

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Northamptonshire County Council Current Consultations

Consultation on the proposed change to the provision of Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Services

General consultation - closed 8 February 2019

Specific consultation - closes 22 March 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 each library within the county. NCC is now consulting on these proposals for each individual library.

In December, NCC began consultation on the proposals for 28 libraries. This consultation closed on 8 February 2019

In January they began consulting on the proposals for the 8 remaining libraries. This consultation closes on 22 March 2019 (this means the proposals for all of the county’s libraries are open for feedback for the same period of time):

  • Abington
  • Duston
  • Far Cotton
  • Finedon
  • Higham Ferrers
  • Irchester
  • Long Buckby
  • St James

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


NHS England Consultations and Surveys

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

NHS England consultations

Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan - Proposals for possible changes to legislation - closes 25 April 2019

NHS England is inviting patients, NHS staff, partner organisations and interested members of the public to give them your views on potential proposals for changing current primary legislation relating to the NHS.

Visit the website for more information

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Your chance to shape how the NHS uses your data - closes 22 March 2019

The National Data Guardian played a central role in giving people more control over how their data is used by the NHS. Now you can have your say on what their priorities are as they move into their next phase.

Visit the website for further information

Learning disability and autism training for health and care staff - closes 12 April 2019

The government wants to know how we can make sure that health and social care staff have the right training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and autistic people, and make reasonable adjustments to support them.

Visit the website for further information

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