Current engagement opportunities

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We want to make sure that NHS services in Wakefield are the best they can be, and that’s only possible if we know what’s important to you.

You might want to ask a question, or you might want to let us know that you’re not happy about something. Or you might think that you received really good care. Whatever it is, we want to know.

Cancelled: discussion group around gastroenterology on Wednesday 18 March

Thank you for agreeing to join the discussion group around community gastroenterology, which was due to take place on Wednesday 18 March. 

In light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we have decided to cancel the event. As disappointing as this is, we believe that it is the right thing to do in the circumstances. 

Our plan for the group was to share the feedback so far and let you know how this has been reflected in the draft plans for the service. This is something that we still want to do and we have included the key steps below. We are also happy to have a conversation with you by telephone if you would like to discuss any part of this in more detail. 

  • We have received 200 responses to the survey and these have been carefully analysed.
  • You have told us how you currently use the services, what works well at the moment and what could be improved. You have also told us what matters to you when using gastroenterology services.
  • We have also engaged with General Practices across Wakefield and existing providers of gastroenterology services to get their views.
  • All of this has been pulled together and used to inform the development of the service model and to draft a proposal for this service. 

May we take this opportunity to thank you for your time in sharing your thoughts and experiences, and for your willingness to get involved further. 

If you would like to discuss the service specifics in more detail, please contact Miranda Berry on Miranda.Berrynhsnet

Wakefield Interpretation Services

NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans and buys healthcare for local people. We are currently looking at the interpretation service that is available in your GP practice.

We would like to hear if you have used this service, your experience of interpretation being booked for you and the service you received at the time of your GP appointment. Any views on using the service will help us understand how we can improve them.

Please tell us by completing a short survey.  You can complete it online at 

Wakefield Interpretation Services survey (Polish)

Wakefield Interpretation Services survey (Russian)

Wakefield Interpretation Services survey (Spanish)

Wakefield Interpretation Services survey (Arabic)

We are keen to hear from people within our community, so please feel free to contact Dáša Farmer on 01924 315746 if you would prefer to chat to someone or would like a paper copy of the survey. You can also email us at dasa.farmer1nhsnet

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Potřebujete-li tento dokument v jiném jazyce nebo v jiném formátu, jako je například velký tisk nebo audio, zavolejte nám na čísle 01924 315746 nebo dasa.farmer1nhsnet

Local plan for people with learning disabilities in Wakefield

The Wakefield Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board is wanting to develop a local plan about what is important for people with a learning disability to have a good life.

To help us with this, we would like to invite people with a learning disability and their family carers to come along to a meeting on Wednesday 5 February, at 10.00am (and finishing at 2.00pm) at Sandal Rugby Club.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. This information will help us to write the plan.  

Please advise us of any dietary requirements or food allergies. To come along you need to let us know by booking a place.

You can book a place by calling Sara on 01924 303847 or email smpearsonwakefield.govuk  

Please see this event flyer for further details.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Physiotherapy services

NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans and buys healthcare for local people.  The CCG wants to improve healthcare for people across the district. We want to improve how Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Physiotherapy services are provided locally. 

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affect joints, bones and muscles. This can include autoimmune diseases and back pain, but also pain or stiffness in your joints.

Physiotherapy services help to restore body movement and function when you are affected by injury, illness or disability.  

This covers services like:

• Orthopaedics, including procedures like joint replacement or carpal tunnel surgery

• Physiotherapy, including advice, exercises and hands on therapy to heal, prevent injury and improve conditions.  It also includes advanced physiotherapists who do assessments and treatment, like joint injections and ultrasound

• Pain management relating to MSK condition

We have gathered experiences of patients using these services locally to help us understand how we can improve these services. 

Please note that this survey has now closed and a report is being prepared following this engagement.


Wakefield Autism Engagement Event - Parents and Carers

The next Wakefield Autism Engagement Event for parents and carers of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will be held on 20th June 2019 at Brook House Working Men’s Club, 221 Barnsley Road, Wakefield, WF1 5NU. It will take place from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and refreshments will be available.

Representatives from the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust ASD assessment team and the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team will be at the event. Parent support groups including TEAM, KIDZAWARE and the Wakefield Early Support Advice Information and Liaison Service will also be there.

Find out more about the event and how to book your place in the attached letter.

You can also find out more about the work we are doing with partners to improve the autism diagnosis process and experience for families in Wakefield.

Healthy Hearts 

To help us find out what local patients think about the work we're doing to help prevent hearts attacks and strokes we're asking local patients to give a us a few minutes of their time to answer some simple questions. We won't be asking your name and the information you give us will be used to help us deliver the best possible service to local patients. 

Help us by filling out this cholesterol public engagement questionnaire

There is a Wakefield specific version here which you can send to us at FREEPOST NHS Wakefield CCG.

Maternity Services in Wakefield District

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust which provides maternity care in Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury areas is considering making changes to the service at Pontefract Hospital.

This could involve no longer offering the choice of giving birth in the midwife led unit at Pontefract Hospital. The changes would not affect ante-natal care or post-natal care that is provided at the hospital or in the community. Those who have a normal pregnancy would still have the option of giving birth at home or in a hospital if they choose.

The Trust is considering this change because the number of births at Pontefract is so low that they do not believe keeping the midwife led unit is an effective use of staff or resources.

Wakefield Muslim Funeral Service

Wakefield CCG is working in partnership with Wakefield Council and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust in engagement with representatives of the local Muslim Community with the aim of improving the processes following deaths of residents of the Muslim faith.

Members of the community, who are active when a bereavement has taken place, have met representatives of relevant services in a series of workshops. This included local GPs with knowledge of the process. 

Several volunteers have received training about the laws and procedures that the health service, council and the police abide by. The volunteers are now in the process of formalising their organisation as Wakefield Muslim Funeral Service.

A Muslim-specific Bereavement Guide is being prepared and will be distributed to the varied Muslim community in the district working with Wakefield Mosques.
The representatives from the statutory bodies, on the other hand, have learnt a great deal about the cultural and religious practices of the community, and reasons behind the need for a more streamlined service.

The improved understanding and cooperation is already showing benefits for the services, the community in general and particularly for bereaved families in their time of loss.

Participants in the workshops included representation from:
• General Practitioners
• Hospital Chaplaincy Service
• Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust Bereavement and PALS team
• Wakefield Council’s Bereavement team
• Wakefield Council’s Community Cohesion team
• The Registrar’s Office
• HM Coroner’s Office
• West Yorkshire Police
• Wakefield Care Commissioning Group.

Cancer Recovery Package Survey

Are you a cancer patient who has received treatment in West Yorkshire and Harrogate? Then we would like to ask for your views. Our West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance is keen to find out patients’ experience of being offered any of the different parts of the ‘Recovery Package’, which means that the support you get is built around you and your own needs. New national cancer guidance says that all people diagnosed with cancer should have access to the ‘Recovery Package’ by 2020. We want to know which parts you were offered, what was useful and beneficial and your views on how we could improve. Thank you very much for taking the time to complete this questionnaire – your comments and suggestions will help us to continue to make improvements to benefit people affected by cancer across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.