Changes to hospital and community services in Calderdale and Kirklees

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Summary of report content

Between March and June 2016, NHS Calderdale and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups held a public consultation delivered by the Right Care, Right Time, Right Place Programme team. This consultation regarded proposed changes to local hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. Healthwatch Kirklees’ role throughout the formal consultation process was:To listen to what people are saying; to provide good quality, impartial information to people about the proposed changes and explain how people could have their say; to reflect the views of the general public back to the CCG’s and to the Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee; to remain completely independent of the process. Due to significant potential impact of these proposals on the delivery of health services in these districts, Healthwatch Kirklees invested resource to gather the opinions of local people. This process was carried out through the use of social media and by Healthwatch staff visiting locations across Kirklees and Calderdale, obtaining over 800 responses as a result of hundreds of conversations with people in both areas. The core issues raised by people when Healthwatch Kirkless talked to them were: Concerns around greater travelling distances for patients; the increased length of time before receiving appropriate treatment; difficulties surrounding road and public transport infrastructures; the cost of travel; increased waiting times and a reduction in the availability of beds.

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General details

Report title 
Changes to hospital and community services in Calderdale and Kirklees
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Calderdale
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 17 August, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 March, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 30 June, 2016
Type of report 
Key themes 
Public involvement
Other information of note about this report 
Meaningful Activities
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Acute services with overnight beds
Acute services without overnight beds / listed acute services with or without overnight beds

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Not known
Does the information include other people's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.