We regularly hold surveys about changes or proposals to enable us to gather feedback to inform our decisions. Our current open surveys are listed below with the newest surveys at the top of the list (so please scroll down so you don’t miss our older surveys that are still active).
Results and decisions made as a result of previous surveys can be found in our ‘You Said, We Did‘ page.
Soluble medications survey
NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group is continuing to review the medications it allows on prescription to ensure the most appropriate treatments are offered and those of low clinical benefit are not.
We are looking at the benefits of soluble medications with a review to stopping the prescribing of these unless there is a clinical need (For Example if you have a throat condition that means swallowing tablets is not possible).
Many people prefer soluble medications such as painkillers or remedies for colds however soluble medications often contain as much as one sixth of the recommended daily amount of salt per tablet. When you consider many medications are required to be taken two at a time up to four times a day this exceeds the daily salt intake that is healthy for an adult.
Plus soluble tablets are often as much as three times more expensive for the NHS to prescribe than the non-soluble equivalent.
This survey has now closed. There were 18 responses. A summary of the results will be added to the ‘You said we did’ page shortly.
Thank you to those who have taken part.
NHS Health checks
The NHS Health Check is a free check-up that can tell you whether you’re at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:
- heart disease
- kidney disease
If you’re over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.
If you’re aged 40-74 and you haven’t had a stroke, or you don’t already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, you should have an NHS Health Check every five years.
However in Blackpool not many people take up the opportunity to have this very important health check and we would like to know why.
This survey has now closed. There were 187 responses. A summary of the results will be added to the ‘You said we did’ page shortly.
Thank you to those who have taken part.
Supporting patients to avoid long hospital stays
Health and social care organisations are working together to improve the way we support patients to avoid long hospital stays by adopting a new policy which has been developed nationally to create an equal approach for people across Lancashire and South Cumbria. The aim is to make sure that hospital beds are used for those with a medical need and that people do not spend longer in hospital than they need to.
By ‘long hospital stays’ we mean people who are staying longer than they need to for medical reasons and they are fit to leave. We know that staying in hospital longer than necessary is not good for people, it can cause physical problems, particularly for older people.
It is important that we help people to get to the right place as soon as possible after a hospital stay, which in most cases will be their own home. At the moment we have too many people who are not able to leave when they are fit to do so. We want to improve this and help patients, their families and carers to make appropriate choices in order to avoid these long stays.
We are going to improve our procedures using a new joint policy across Lancashire and South Cumbria for both health and social care to provide an equity of treatment. Improvements will include the way we communicate with patients and carers around a persons’ treatment and care plans that detail what is going to happen, when you are likely to leave hospital, and where you will go at that point. As a general rule we believe that people should be discharged from acute hospitals as soon as it is deemed safe and appropriate to do so. It is also important that health and care staff are supported to help patients to avoid long hospital stays.
This survey has now closed. Thank you to those who took part.
Lancashire Policy Harmonisation
NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working in partnership with the other seven CCGs in Lancashire to review clinical policies across the region.
This CCG, together with all the CCGs in Lancashire, needs to make sure patients continue to access essential clinical services. To achieve this, the CCG originally adopted policies formerly approved by our predecessor Primary Care Trust. Most of these policies are similar across Lancashire but not the same in all cases.
The working group has now reviewed a number of procedures, which identifies the circumstances when these services will or will not be provided to patients. The latest draft policies open for patient and public scrutiny and feedback can be found here.
Clinical Commissioning Policies
Occasionally we update our clinical policies to bring them in line with the latest guidance. We always welcome comments on draft policies and we list them for review here.
If you would like to leave feedback about the policies under review you will either find a link to a survey on the page or can use the contact us page.
Equality and Inclusion Strategy
Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to ensuring Equality and Diversity is a priority when planning and commissioning healthcare services in our region.
The CCG routinely collects equality data and uses this information to ensure that its services and employment opportunities are fair and accessible to all. Under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector General Equality Duty, organisations must publish sufficient information to demonstrate that, in the exercise of its functions, it has a due regard to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; and to
- foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.
Blackpool CCG is working hard to ensure not only that its services are appropriate and accessible for all members of our community, but that no one is disadvantaged or discriminated against by the services we put in place.
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and ensuring inclusion of local people in decision making both as a commissioner and as an employer.
We are currently in the process of refreshing our Equality and Inclusion Strategy and would like your feedback on our proposed new strategy.
If you would like to leave any comments please feel free to do so via our contact us page.
Comments can also be posted to us in a letter addressed to:
NHS Blackpool CCG,
All organisations that provide NHS or adult social care must follow the accessible information standard by law.
The aim of the Accessible Information Standard is to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss receive information that they can access and understand, and any communication support that they need.
The Accessible Information Standard informs organisations how they should make sure that patients service users, their carers and parents, can access and understand the information they receive. This includes making sure that people get information in different formats if they need it, for example in large print, braille, easy read or via email.
For more information about the standard please go to: https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/patients/accessibleinfo-2/
We would like to know if services in Blackpool are meeting the Accessible Information Standard. Please take this short survey if you are visually impaired.
Alternatively, if you would like to obtain a physical copy of the survey to fill-out and return please click here to download this. All completed surveys should be returned to the following address:
NHS Blackpool CCG,