Individuals and organisations were invited to take part in a public listening panel to provide evidence or ideas on solving the challenges facing local hospitals and NHS services across South Tyneside and Sunderland.
The event took place on 11 December in South Tyneside, it was broadcast live on Facebook and can be viewed below:
NHS partners published the Path to excellence phase two draft case for change in July 2018 which explains the pressures and challenges facing local hospital services in South Tyneside and Sunderland and why services must change. Over the summer and autumn this has been shared with local communities to gain feedback.
Clinical design teams working together across South Tyneside and Sunderland are currently busy thinking through potential emerging ideas in order to create the best possible hospital services for the future.
As part of that process the NHS asked interested individuals or organisations if they have key evidence or ideas that the NHS should consider as part of finding future solutions, and the opportunity to present them directly to NHS leaders at a specially arranged public listening panel that took place in December.
The panel received evidence from partner organisations, including; Sunderland Carers Centre, HealthWatch South Tyneside and action groups Keep our NHS Public, Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign, as well as Cllr Angela Hamilton, South Tyneside Council.
The panel was chaired by Nicholas Duffin, director of The Consultation Institute, an independent, not-for-profit best practice Institute, promoting high-quality public and stakeholder consultation in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Evidence presented needed to be relevant to the issues highlighted in the draft case for change and individuals and organisations were asked to consider following questions as part of their submissions:
- Information the NHS needs to consider in response to the draft case for change
- Arguments against the information set out in the draft case for change
- Proposals for ideas to solve the issues in the draft case for change
- Proposals for additions to the draft case for change
How did the panel work?
- Interested parties booked a 30 minute slot
- Each group was offered a maximum of four places to attend the meeting, with one person nominated to act as spokesperson who presented the group’s evidence to the panel
- Submit written materials three working days in advance, 5pm Thursday 6th December, which allowed members of the panel to prepare and to ensure information was formally received
- Attend the panel event and present evidence and ideas – approx. 15 mins to present and 15 minutes for questions
- Panel chair facilitated questions from panel members relating to evidence
- The session was broadcast via social media platforms
- Evidence and further information gained from the session will be used as part of solutions generation
What happens now?
The NHS will draw upon the evidence presented to continue to work with staff and clinical teams on viable solutions to be brought to formal public consultation later in Summer 2019. This will be a wider public debate on how to create the best possible hospital services for the future to serve local communities.
Phase Two of the Path to Excellence is the final part of the clinical transformation of local hospital services covering the following areas of hospital-based care:
- Emergency care and acute medicine – the care provided when patients arrive at the Emergency Department or need emergency admission to hospital
- Emergency surgery – the care provided when patients are admitted to hospital as an emergency and require an immediate operation
- Planned care (including surgery and outpatients) – the care provided when patients are referred to hospital by their GP for a test, scan, treatment or operation.
The NHS will look to organise another public listening panel in January 2019.