Have your say and help us shape health by taking part in local and national consultations and surveys about NHS services.
Here are some of the current consultations and surveys to get involved with:
Kent and Medway stroke consultation
We want to know your views on proposals to establish new 24/7 hyper acute stroke units in Kent and Medway. The consultation runs from Friday 2 February 2018 for 10 weeks until midnight on Friday 13 April 2018.
To find out more about how to respond to the consultation, please see www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/stroke
Read the full stroke consultation launch media release which gives full information and background details.
Help us improve local mental health services for children and young people
We’re looking for children and young people, and their parents, to share their experiences of using mental health services for children and young people.
Here in Kent we want to expand the mental health services we provide for children and young people so that they continue to receive them until they are 25. At the moment people using the service change to adult mental health services at 18.
If you’ve used children and young people’s mental health services, please fill in our online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/1825MH) which asks about your experience. By responding to this survey, you will help us shape mental health services locally for children and young people for the future.
You can also write to us to tell us about your experience. See contact details below.
We need your responses by 28 February 2018.
The government is also asking for views on its Green Paper for children and young people’s mental health. Their consultation closes on March 2 and you can give your views online. See article below.
To tell us more about what you think about our current local mental health services or young people, write to us at
CYP Mental Health team
NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group
2nd Floor, Gravesham Civic Centre
Kent DA12 1AU
National consultation on children and young people’s mental health services
In December, the Government published its green paper on children and young people’s mental health (CYPMH), setting out its proposals to provide children and young people with faster access to support.
The government proposals include faster access to children and young people’s mental health support, with £300m funding available for:
- New community-based Mental Health Support Teams – backed by £215m in new funding.
- Incentives for every school and college in England to have a designated lead for mental health– supported by a training package of up to £95 million from 2019
- A new four-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted in some areas.
Everyone with experience of CYPMH is able to take part in the consultation on the Government’s plans and people can fill in the live consultation now, which is open until 2 March 2018, to have their say.
NHS England consultation on Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) announced
NHS England has announced it will be launching a consultation on the contracting arrangements for Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs).
An ACO is not a new type of legal entity and so would not affect the commissioning structure of the NHS. An ACO would simply be the provider organisation which is awarded a single contract by commissioners for all the services which are within scope for the local accountable care model.
The consultation, which has not yet been launched, will set out how the contract fits within the NHS as a whole, address how the existing statutory duties of NHS commissioners and providers would be performed under it (including how this would work with existing governance arrangements), and will set out how public accountability and patient choice would be preserved.
ACOs are only one tool for integrating primary care, mental health, social care and hospital services and not the only or main way to integrate services. Most areas are seeking to do so through voluntary, non-contractual partnerships where GPs, hospitals, commissioners and local government collaborate to improve services for their population.