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.

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.

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.