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Health SIG report

Yesterday we held the Institute’s Health Special Interest Group (SIG) session in Birmingham. It took place against a background of intense engagement activity in the 44 ‘footprint’ areas. Here are the key points

STP Process (Sustainability & Transformation Plans) in the NHS
  • Ruth Beattie and Catherine Leggett from NHS England gave a presentation on the process and the Engagement guidance
  • October 21st is deadline for submitting draft plans; NHS England expect most to have been ‘published’ by then
  • Institute members anxious that engagement may not be possible or meaningful whilst the plans are still unpublished
  • Birmingham and Solihull STP hosting deliberative events this week
  • NHS England Guide “Engaging local people” welcomed, (especially Appendix One clarifying the legal responsibilities of different NHS bodies) but fears that some areas will not have the resources or appetite to follow it.
  • There will be a new version of the statutory Guidance “Transforming Participation” next April
  • The Institute is concerned that Ministers’ statements went further than current NHS England advice. (i.e. “When the STPs come back in October after being signed off, they will be consulted on.” David Mowat, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Dept of Health, 14th September 2016) Hence expectations of a consultation will be high.
  • NHS England holding a further Masterclass event for the STP Comms community on 4th October
Engaging in a very diverse city
Mark Jones and Jennifer Weigham described Birmingham cross-city CCG – the 9th most deprived in England
  • Birmingham People Health Panel yielding excellent engagement levels.
  • People respond well to relevant and good quality content
  • Pete Wilson of West Midlands Fire & Rescue emphasised (rightly) the level of public trust that Fire Services enjoy
  • Areas of mutual interest identified. For example, individuals with multiple deprivation characteristics at risk of fire and health problems
  • All agreed on great scope for inter-agency collaborations
  • Specific challenge around closure of Fire Stations; similar community response as to unpopular NHS service changes

Lessons from the Tobacco Packaging Judicial Review

  • Rhion Jones outlined the background to the case and explained why it is one of the most important recent High Court judgments
  • The 10 DoH ‘rules’ for considering expert evidence
  • Consultee credibility can be taken into account.

Paul Parsons chaired the event and sought views about the best way for Institute members to engage on topics like those discussed.

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