Consultation feedback published by local NHS and Council

Results of a recent consultation on the way health and social care services are organised and planned in Stockport have been published by the local NHS and Council.

The public consultation was launched on October 10th and ran until November 30th 2017 by the joint commissioners of health and social care services in Stockport: NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, with the aim of getting people’s views on:

  • Changing the way health and social care services are planned and organised in Stockport. 72% of respondents to the online, postal and face-to-face surveys tend to agree or strongly agree with proposals. 87% of respondents to the street survey expressed a common opinion in support.
  • Organising health, social care and mental health services in teams that work in eight neighbourhoods. 71% of respondents to the online, postal, and face-to-face survey tend to agree or strongly agree with the proposal. 71% of respondents to the street survey expressed a common opinion of support.
  • Ensuring that the tests for the possible reduction of hospital beds are appropriate. 40% of respondents to the online, postal, and face-to-face survey tend to agree or strongly agree with the proposal and a third (33%), disagreeing/strongly disagreeing. 41% of respondents to the street survey expressed a common opinion in support, however, the majority (55%) expressed opinions disagreeing/strongly disagreeing with the proposals.

The independent analysis highlighted overwhelming support for the outline strategic proposals, but concern around tests that might lead to a reduction in hospital beds at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust (Stepping Hill Hospital).

Dr Ranjit Gill, a local GP and Chief Clinical Officer from NHS Stockport CCG said, “This was an important consultation. We wanted to hear people’s views on how we organise our health and social care services in future, bearing in mind our health and social care system has limited resources. We know we can predict and prevent much more illness and relapse if we act differently, and this allows us to offer the people of Stockport the highest standards of care they deserve.

“We can reduce the pressure on our emergency care services, including our local hospital, and we can offer greater levels of healthcare and support for people within their local neighbourhoods to provide more care based at or nearer to their home.

“The feedback from this survey gives me and the other leaders across health and social care greater confidence for the future. People see the benefits of providing care closer to home. They also understand the importance of preventing ill health that avoids the risks associated with being in hospital, when emergency hospital care can safely be prevented.

“Having said that, people rightly want to be assured that any decisions made about possible reductions in emergency hospital beds, are based on clear evidence that local communities and neighbourhoods have sufficient resources to deal with patients being treated closer to home”.

Councillor Wendy Wild, Stockport Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Stockport Together, said: “We would like to thank everyone who gave feedback to the consultation. It’s really important that the voices of Stockport people are heard on a subject that is so close to people’s hearts.

“We are now considering the independent analysis of this feedback. It will be important that we take on board the consultees’ comments and suggestions and build these into our plans going forward in a genuinely meaningful way”.

The consultation received feedback from over 500 individuals and organisations through online surveys, post, email and street surveys conducted throughout Stockport. Seventeen organisations representing almost 40,000 people responded to the consultation including Healthwatch, Stockport Homes, Stockport Mind, NHS Watch, Disability Stockport as well as various Patient Participation Groups around Stockport.

In addition to broad support for the proposals, there were many views expressed about the need for better and more frequent involvement from the third sector (charities and voluntary organisations), patients and the public. People stated that these groups should be actively involved with decision-making about how health and social care services are organised and funded in future years.

The full analysis report can be read at here.

Both NHS Stockport CCG and Stockport Council are considering the report and are in the process of preparing a response. The response report will be presented to various CCG and Council committees during January and February 2018, and will make recommendations as to whether the proposals presented in the consultation should be adopted as policy and the way forward.