Consultation on children's community health services has begun
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Today (3 September) sees the start of a twelve-week consultation on the future shape of children’s healthcare services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).
The three Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities and NHS England want children and young people, their parents and carers as well as professionals to have their say, in order to gather as much feedback as possible on what they expect from children’s healthcare services from 2017 onwards.
At the centre of the consultation, which runs until November 25, is an innovative and unique website, one of the most original and user friendly approaches to be used in an NHS consultation. It features a range of animations, caricatures and different response mechanisms and was designed by children and young people from across BNSSG.
Judith Brown, Operations Director of Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, the lead commissioning organisation for BNSSG children’s health services, is confident that the consultation website will ensure that the concept of health services will be shared with the target audience of young people in a way which is exciting, involving and relevant. Most importantly the site has been developed with the help of young people for young people.
She explained: “We have developed a proposed service model through the engagement process we held during 2014. During this time we gathered the views of a wide range of children, young people, parents, carers and healthcare professionals. We want to give everyone an opportunity to have their voice heard so that the services we commission from 2017 onwards are informed by the views of the entire community.”
Anyone wishing to find out how they can contribute to the consultation can make contact in the following ways:
Telephone: 0117 976 6000
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