Current engagement opportunities

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.

Wakefield Parent Autism Engagement Event - 27th March 2019

NHS Wakefield CCG and local partners would like to invite parents or carers of a child who is going through, or has recently been through, the autism diagnosis process in Wakefield to an event at Brook House Working Mens Club, 221 Barnsley Road, Wakefield WF1 5NU from 12.30 to 14.30 on 27th March 2019.

This event is part of our ongoing commitment to improving the process and pathway for the diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and we are keen to gather views and opinions in order to help us to continue to improve the pathway. There will also be representation from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team and parent support groups such as TEAM, KIDZAWARE and the Wakefield Early Support Advice Information and Liaison Service (WESAIL service).

We are looking to seek some feedback on materials that we have been revising following suggestions from parents about ensuring paperwork and reports are more accessible for parents. This came up at the previous engagement sessions that have been held in November 2018 and January 2019 and we would welcome further views on these materials.

Below is some follow up information that has been asked for following the previous engagement sessions:

    • Training offered to parents and not just clinicians - there are some workshops on sleep, ASD and ADHD available for parents to attend. This training is delivered locally in Castleford, Pontefract and central Wakefield. Places must be booked as these training sessions are very popular and more information is available here
    • Information for local groups and support networks, parents want to know what support is available locally – our SEND Local Offer provides information about local groups and support networks. Click here to visit the website. In addition, following the interest in the group information that was handed out at previous events, and the feedback that clinicians need to signpost more, NHS Wakefield CCG and partners will design some further communication materials and share these with parents at future engagement sessions
    • Find different ways of engaging as part of this work not just events - we have now developed an online survey for parents to complete which is available here to support the engagement events that are underway
    • Parents need advice and information - The Wakefield Early Support Advice Information and Liaison Service, known as WESAIL, does provide information, impartial advice, support and signposting  - according to need. This is provided via telephone by contacting 01924 304152. To learn more visit the WESAIL website here.

We would also like to capture your experiences of the ASD Pathway as it supports us with ongoing training and support.

If you are able to attend, or unable to attend the event but would still like to contribute, please email to share your views or confirm your attendance.

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.

We would like to know what you think about maternity services in Wakefield District and how people would be affected if women were no longer able to choose to deliver their baby at Pontefract Hospital.

There is also an online survey available here.

An easy read version of the survey is available here.

If you have any further questions or would like help completing the survey, please contact:

Please let us have your views by 17 March 2019.

This survey is being conducted by The Campaign Company (TCC) on behalf of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG wants to understand your views and experiences to help plan maternity services for Wakefield District in the future. The data from this survey will be reported to the CCG and its partners. Your personal information will remain confidential.

The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete. If you have used maternity services in Wakefield District more than once, please feel free to complete a separate survey for each pregnancy.

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.

Transforming End of Life Care in our District

NHS Wakefield CCG is proud to be working with Healthwatch Wakefield and the End of Life Alliance (made up of local health and care providers) to host the "Transforming End of Life Care in Wakefield" workshop on Tuesday 12th February 2019.

The workshop builds upon current work to improve the experience of people in the Wakefield District in the last year of their lives.

A new integrated service including bereavement services has been proposed and patients and members of the public are being asked to help shape the final design.

The workshop is being held at The Prince of Wales Hospice, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract WF8 4BG on Tuesday 12th February 2019, from 5 - 7pm.

Please contact Healthwatch Wakefield if you would like to attend on:

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.

Evidence Based Interventions: Consultation

Research evidence shows some interventions are not clinically effective or only effective when they are performed in specific circumstances. And, as medical science advances, some interventions are superseded by those that are less invasive or more effective.

At both national and local levels, there is a general consensus that more needs to be done to ensure the least effective interventions are not routinely performed, or only performed in more clearly defined circumstances.

NHS England are publicly consulting on Evidence Based Interventions until 28 September 2018. Learn more here.