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Cheshire East Council - Adults Advocacy Engagement Survey

Closing date: 2nd January 2019

Cheshire East Council is seeking the views of people in Cheshire East to help inform how they will deliver advocacy services in the future.

Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy providers work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice. 

Advocacy can involve:

  • Helping someone to understand information
  • Someone speaking up for, or acting on behalf of, themselves or another person
  • Taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and help them get the support they need
  • Making sure people feel part of the community and can contribute to it

Cheshire East Council is looking to review how advocacy services are provided which relate to the following legislation:

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) – Any age. Access to an IMHA is a statutory right for individuals detained under most sections of the Mental Health Act. An IMHA helps an individual to understand their rights under the Act and to participate in decisions about their care.
  • Independent Mental Capacity (IMCA) and Paid Representatives – 16 years+. IMCA’s are a legal safeguard for individuals who lack the capacity to make certain decisions for themselves and do not have a suitable person able to speak for them. An IMCA does not make any decisions and is independent of the people who do make decisions.
  • Independent Advocacy (Care Act) – 18 years+. Under the Care Act, an Advocate must be appointed to support individuals who have substantial difficulty in being involved in the assessment process where there is no appropriate individual to support them.

These services are currently provided through a single point of contact which is Cheshire based. Individuals receive one to one support from an advocate.
In addition to this survey, they are also working with providers and professionals to obtain their views and feedback too, to help inform how the service is provided in the future.

The deadline for this survey is 2nd January 2019.

You can access the survey here.

If you have any queries regarding the survey or would like help completing it, please ring 01270 686487 or email phcommissioning@cheshireeast.gov.uk.


Personal Care Record Consultation

Closing date: Friday 16th November 2018

The Personal Care Record is a collaboration between Cheshire East Council and NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

It will enable patients to have control over how information about their health care is used.

So if a patient wants to update something about their health, they will be able to. Likewise, if they want to get hold of blood results, they can. When a medical practitioner makes an update on a patient’s record, the patient will be able to check this without having to wait for a written letter.

The aim of the Personal Care Record is to put the patient or their carer in control.

So that they can get a better understanding of how best to move forward with the Personal Care Record they have commissioned a survey to better understand user experiences of health and wellbeing applications in Cheshire East, and find out what matters most to people. 

They would like to invite you to respond by using the following link https://www.research.net/r/CheshireEastPCRSurvey

At the end of the survey, there is an option for you to express an interest in attending further public engagement workshops. Interactive workshops for general health will be scheduled between December and February to understand the features people would benefit from most.

They would be grateful if you could respond to the survey by 5pm on Friday 16 November.

Local Government Association Green Paper for Adult Social Care and Wellbeing

The Local Government Association want to start a nationwide debate about how best to fund social care in communities for adults of all ages – and how social care, the NHS and other public services can work together to support and improve people’s wellbeing.

For more information, please visit www.futureofadultsocialcare.co.uk/summary-green-paper

Healthwatch Cheshire Priorities Survey 2018/19 - Tell us what matters to you in Health and Social Care

Healthwatch Cheshire East, the local independent consumer champions for Health and Social Care services in Cheshire East, are conducting a survey to help us to establish our priorities for the coming year.

Each year we ask the public what issues and areas you would like us to focus on and explore in more depth, which along with intelligence from other sources goes into producing our workplan.

The work we do allows us to collect your views and experiences of the Health and Social Care services you receive. In turn this helps to inform the priorities and quality of services commissioned by the NHS and local authorities. Therefore, your response to this priorities survey is very important in helping us to determine what areas we focus on.

We would very much appreciate it if you could spend a few minutes completing this survey to tell us what matters to you in regards to Health and Social Care.

This survey is now closed

Alternatively, if you would like a paper copy you can download one here and return to: Healthwatch Cheshire CIC, Sension House, Denton Drive, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 7LU or email info@healthwatchcheshire.org.uk

Or if you would like us to send you paper copies and a freepost envelope, please email or call 0300 323 0006

Redesigning Adult and Older Peoples Specialist Mental Health Services Consultation

Closing date: 29th May 2018

NHS partners are about to start a 12-week public consultation on proposals to redesign adult and older peoples specialist mental health services in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

The consutation will take place from 6 March to 29 May 2018, comprising an online survey accessible from www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk, and seven public events as follows:

  • 21 March, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield SK10 1EA
  • 23 March, 9.30am – 11.30am, Hartford Golf Club, Burrows Hill, Northwich CW8 3AP
  • 28 March, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Congleton Town Hall, High Street, Congleton CW12 1BN
  • 26 April, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Crewe Alexandra FC, Gresty Road, Crewe CW2 6EB
  • 3 May 2.30pm - 5.00pm, Macclesfield Town FC, London Road, Macclesfield SK11 7SP
  • 4 May, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Canalside Conference Centre, Brooks Lane, Middlewich CW10 0JG
  • 23 May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Macclesfield Town FC, London Road, Macclesfield SK11 7SP

The consultation will seek views on a proposed model of care that puts prevention and early intervention at the heart of improved community services. This will reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and help keep people well.

The model was designed in collaboration with existing and former service users, their carers and frontline NHS staff.

The survey and accompanying consultation document will be available as hard copy and in various alternative formats for anyone requiring them. A wide range of supporting information is available at www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk.

As a valued stakeholder in the local health and social care system, you are asked to promote the consultation across your online and offline communications channels. Twitter users are encouraged to share relevant content using the following hashtag: #jointheconversation.

The consultation partners are:

  • NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • NHS South Cheshire CCG
  • NHS Vale Royal CCG
  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Cheshire East Council Carer Respite Support Consultation

Closing date: 4th June 2018

Cheshire East Council would like to hear your views about carer respite and what support is appropriate to meet your needs

Current offer
  • Currently, for older people there are pre-bookable beds in a number of care homes in different locations across the Borough, as well as two Emergency beds (1 in Crewe and 1 in Knutsford). Direct Payments enable Carers to purchase their own support. Occupancy levels of beds in the care homes is currently low and has already been reduced on two occasions.
  • For people with complex needs currently there is in-house provision with pre-bookable beds and emergency beds. Beds can be purchased on an “as and when” basis – often out of the Borough. Direct Payments enable Carers to purchase their own support.
The Council is proposing:
  • Block booked beds – could include; include; Nursing, Dementia, Residential and Emergency
  • Community based services – could include; Sitting Service, Care at Home, Supported Living, Supported Holidays, Day time opportunities
You can complete the survey here
And there will be consultation sessions held:
  • Tuesday 1st May 2018 from 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Macclesfield Old Town Hall
  • Tuesday 15th May from 2.00pm-4.00pm - The Council Chamber, Municipal Buildings, Crewe

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and NHS England Reduction of Prescribing Over-the-Counter Medicines Consultation

Closing date: 14th March 2018

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and NHS England have launched a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.

In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.

These prescriptions include items for a condition:

  • That is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord;
  • Which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine.

Vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included in the consultation proposals as items of low clinical effectiveness which are of high cost to the NHS.

NHS England has partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners to carry out the consultation after CCGs asked for a nationally co-ordinated approach to the development of commissioning guidance in this area to ensure consistency and address unwarranted variation.

The intention is to produce a consistent, national framework for CCGs to use.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the commissioning guidance will need to be taken into account by CCGs in adopting or amending their own local guidance to GPs in primary care.

The aim of this consultation is to provide you with information about the proposed national guidance and to seek your views about the proposals.  We want to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the consultation.


The consultation will close on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Government Green Paper on Children and Young People's Mental Health

Closing date: 2nd March 2018

Last December, the Government published a Green Paper laying out their plans for children and young people's mental health services. Now's the chance for you to have your say. Until 2 March, the Government are asking for your opinions on the proposals.

It's important you use this opportunity - what you say could make a difference to the services children and young people receive.

This green paper on children and young people’s mental health sets out this government’s ambition to go further in ensuring that those who need it are able to access the right help for their mental health, in the right place and at the right time. The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention particularly in or linked to schools and colleges.

You can find out how to respond to the consultation here.

Cheshire East Council Health and Wellbeing Strategy Refresh

Closing date: 16th February 2018

Cheshire East Council is currently refreshing its Health and Wellbeing Strategy, and want people to review the short 8 page document which outlines their challenges, highlights their principles for providing services and sets out the 3 priorities and outcomes they want to achieve between 2018 – 2021.

You can view and give feedback on the Health and Wellbeing strategy here.

Healthwatch England - Five Year Strategy

Closing date: 3rd January 2018

Healthwatch launched in 2012. Since then, in partnership with local Healthwatch, Healthwatch England have worked hard to understand what people want from care services and make sure that those who run services hear these views.

They are now developing a strategy for 2018-2023.

Between June and September 2017, Healthwatch England asked the public, professionals and local Healthwatch a number of questions to help shape our future focus. Now they would like to invite you to take part in the next phase of the strategy.

You can find out more about the strategy by following this link and take part in the consultation before Wednesday 3rd January 2018 here.

Cheshire East Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Closing date: 12th January 2018

The Health and Wellbeing Board of Cheshire East Council have begun a consultation into the pharmaceutical needs of people living in the area.

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is reviewing the health and needs of the local population in regards to what they require from their pharmacies and medication related matters. The assessment will look into how community pharmacies are currently, and can best, meet these needs.

The Council have published a draft version online but are looking for the public's comments and views using this draft as a starting point. Responses received will help to inform the final published version on 1st April 2018.

You can access the draft version of the PNA and complete the online survey by following this link.

Care Quality Commission - Use of Resources Consultation

Closing date: 10th January 2018


The Care Quality Commission has opened a consultation into reporting on and rating the use of resources in NHS trusts.

The effective use of resources is fundamental to enable health and care providers to deliver and sustain safe high-quality services for patients.

The CQC have worked closely with NHS Improvement to develop, test and implement an approach to assessing, reporting on and rating how efficiently and effectively NHS trusts and foundation trusts are using their resources to provide services.

In December 2016, they jointly consulted on a proposed methodology and assessment framework. The final approach is published alongside the joint response to that consultation. NHS Improvement has tested and refined this assessment approach and began assessing non-specialist acute trusts in October 2017.

What this consultation covers

The CQC are now asking for your views on proposals about:

  • the process to develop and award final ratings for use of resources and publish these on the CQC website in published inspection reports
  • changes to standard aggregation rules and limiters to determine the new combined rating at trust level, when combining the use of resources rating with existing five trust-level key question ratings
  • changing the principle in current standard aggregation rules that determines the number of requires improvement ratings at trust level that would limit the combined trust-level rating to requires improvement.

This builds on earlier consultation and the findings of the initial testing. It covers the final steps to fully implementing the process that CQC and NHS Improvement will use to assess, report on and rate trusts’ use of resources.

How to give your views

Read the consultation document here and comment using the online form.

This consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

Online: Complete the use of resources consultation form

Email:  hospitalsconsultation@cqc.org.uk if you have any questions about this consultation.