Consultations

Have your say

We want to involve our patients and the wider community in the decisions that we need to make about commissioning the right healthcare services for people living in Wiltshire. On this page, you will find information about our current consultations and an archive of our previous consultations. If you’d like to know more, contact us.

Our current consultations

Urgent GP appointments are booked on the day and are for patients who have health problems which cannot wait for a routine appointment.

We want to hear your views on accessing urgent GP appointments. Tell us what you think by completing this short survey.

Partner consultations

Our partners currently don’t have any live consultations.

Past consultations  >

Non emergency patient transport >

We’d like your views on how we can provide fair access to NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport. Please complete this short questionnaire.

Survey is open from Monday 16 October – Friday 10 November 2017.

Clinical Commissioning Groups across the South West are working collaboratively to develop a consistent approach to eligibility for NHS-funded patient transport. Patient transport is a non-emergency service offered to people who cannot get to their hospital appointments because their health condition impacts on their ability to use routine transport (cars/trains/buses/taxis/wheelchair taxis). 

National eligibility criteria were set in 2007, however these have been subject to variation in local interpretation, agreed exclusions, and the way that eligibility is applied. The aim of the Clinical Commissioning Groups is to ensure that NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport is provided in a fair way for all those who need help getting to hospital appointments. 

Places of Safety in Swindon and Wiltshire  >

The place of safety is for people in extreme mental distress who are detained for their own safety and the safety of others under section 136 of the mental health act by the Police. Under section 136 people can be detained for assessment for up to 72 hours.  However, this is usually done within a fraction of this time, enabling the person to receive the right treatment and care as quickly as possible.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP) existing Places of Safety at Fountain Way Hospital in Salisbury, Green Lane Hospital in Devizes and Sandalwood Court in Swindon, have been assessed as inadequate in terms of environment and staffing. So they are consulting with service users, carers, families, voluntary and community groups, GPs, partner agencies and other stakeholders to invite comments and feedback about the proposed change.

Take part in the consultation.

Wiltshire Joint Carers Strategy 2016-20  >

This strategy has been developed with input from the council, NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Carer Support Wiltshire, Wiltshire Parent Carer Council, Alzheimer Society, Spurgeons, Wiltshire’s Acute Hospitals, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, Wiltshire Citizen’s Advice, as well as over 50 carers.

Wiltshire Council want to gather views on the draft Wiltshire Carers Strategy to see if the priorities and actions identified are the right ones and whether anything further needs to be added or considered. The survey will take just 10 minutes to complete and all responses will be treated as anonymous. The consultation closes on 11 July 2016.

To take part in the consultation, click here.

RUH sexual health clinic relocation  >

The Sexual Health Clinic provides around 6000 walk in and booked appointments a year. The team offer free, friendly non-judgemental and confidential testing, treatment and advice in relation to sexually transmitted infections including HIV.
The Trust is planning to relocate the Sexual Health Clinic, including the clinical and support team, to the Riverside Health Centre in Bath later in the year, to share premises with other health service providers including Sirona’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service (CaSH).
The trust are keen to hear from patients, staff, and those who have an interest in the service to hear their views on this proposed relocation. You can share your thoughts on their plans to relocate including any benefits, concerns or anything you think they need to consider ahead of moving later in the year.

They’d also like to hear about what works well at the moment, what could be improved in the future. They will use your feedback to help in our planning to ensure that they continue to provide the best service for current and future users of the Sexual Health Clinic.

To take part in the consultation, click here.

Wiltshire’s plan to tackle obesity: have your say  >

The Council and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is currently consulting on its joint draft Obesity Strategy designed to empower individuals, families and local communities to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. There are a number of priorities, aims and objectives that are included and we want to hear your views on their appropriateness and relevance and to see if we have missed anything.

Obesity impacts on everyone, so the council and CCG are keen to hear from as many people as possible to get their feedback on this draft strategy ahead of the consultation deadline on 30 April. In Wiltshire, 29.3% of children aged 10 to 11 years old are overweight or obese, along with 63.6% of adults.

To take part in the consultation, click here.

Code of practice on confidential personal information  >

The Code establishes the practices that CQC follows to obtain, handle, use and disclose confidential personal information. Access to confidential personal information plays an essential role in CQC’s inspections and the wider regulation of health and social care services in England.

What is this consultation asking people to comment on?

The CQC are asking for people’s views on whether the updated Code of practice provides a consistent and lawful approach to obtaining, using, disclosing and handling confidential personal information across all areas of CQC’s work.

How to give your views

The full proposed Code of practice and background is described in more detail on the CQC website. To find out more, or to give feedback, click here.

Proposed changes to the Connect2 Wiltshire Hopper service to the Royal United Hospital  >

The Connect2 Wiltshire Hopper service to the Royal United hospital plays an important role in helping people to get to outpatients appointments, to work, and for hospital visiting. Unfortunately, financial pressures have increased massively and Wiltshire Council is having to make some very difficult decisions about future spending. Local transport services (including Connect2 Wiltshire) have been identified as one of the areas where savings might be made.

What’s being proposed?

Wiltshire Council is currently consulting on two scenarios for the Connect2 service:

  • Changes to the service that would reduce the subsidy required, to be implemented early in 2016. These would include a reduced frequency of service and an increase in the fares charged
  • Complete withdrawal of the service, which may be a possible outcome if funding cannot be secured to keep the service running beyond March 2016

How to respond to this consultation

Wiltshire Council are asking people to share their views about both scenarios and what impact they would have on their journey to hospital. For more information on the consultation or to respond, visit the Wiltshire Council website.

The closing date for responses is Friday 27 November 2015. No decision will be made until the responses to the consultation have been considered, the impacts assessed and options investigated.

Securing a permanent location for Wiltshire’s specialist hospital dementia care ward  >

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Survey of Experiences of Care in the Last Months of Life  >

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Children’s Community Health Services  >

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Five Year Plan  >

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Specialist Paediatric CFS/ME service event  >

Date: Wednesday 2 December 2015
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Location: Children’s Unit – Outpatients, Zone B, B11, Department G, Combe Park, Bath, Somerset,  BA1 3NG

At this event you will have the chance to look around the Children’s Unit at the RUH, meet the clinicians and to learn more about the proposals to relocate the Specialist Paediatric CFS/ME services.

It is also your opportunity to tell us what you think about the current services, what works well at the moment, what you feel could be improved in the future and anything else you think it is important.

Please contact caroline.kenny1@nhs.net  or tel: 01225 473 489 if you would like to attend this event or if you have any questions.

Also, let us know your thoughts on the Specialist Paediatric CFS/ME service by completing this online questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PaedCFSME

If you would like to provide any general feedback on in the process please email: ruhtr.haveyoursay@nhs.net

Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology service event  >

Date: Monday 14 December 2015
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Location: Children’s Unit – Outpatients, Zone B, B11, Department G, Combe Park, Bath, Somerset,  BA1 3NG

At this event you will have the chance to look around the Children’s Unit at the RUH, meet the clinicians and to learn more about the proposals to relocate the Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology services.

It is also your opportunity to tell us what you think about the current services, what works well at the moment, what you feel could be improved in the future and anything else you think it is important.

Please contact caroline.kenny1@nhs.net  or tel: 01225 473 489 if you would like to attend either of the events listed above or if you have any questions.

Also, let us know your thoughts on the Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology service by completing this online questionnaire
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PAEDSRH

If you would like to provide any general feedback on in the process please email: ruhtr.haveyoursay@nhs.net