In September 2017, NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG (the CCGs) launched a 10-week formal public consultation on proposed changes to respite services for people with a learning disability, complex needs and/or autism.
Health based respite is currently provided to 90 people from the Tees area, and their families and carers, who currently access the service from Bankfields Court in Middlesbrough and Aysgarth in Stockton-on-Tees.
During the consultation, which closed on Friday 10 November, the CCGs engaged with people who currently access the services as well as their families and carers.
Four, wider public meetings were held in Middlesbrough, Redcar, Hartlepool and Stockton that were attended by a total of 78 people.
A specialist voluntary sector partner was commissioned to run 21, independently facilitated engagement sessions attended by 90 people, which included 51 people with learning disabilities and 37 family members and carers.
The CCGs also engaged with over 400 stakeholders, including the Tees Valley Overview and Scrutiny Committee, local MPs and councillors, Healthwatch and many others.
As the consultation progressed, key questions or issues were captured and responded to in a Frequently Asked Questions document.
In total, 141 completed surveys were received in response to the consultation. All of the feedback collated as part of the consultation has now been independently analysed and the independent report of the consultation is now available on the CCG websites.
The CCGs are keen that people have the opportunity to feedback on the report, to ensure it reflects the comments they provided as part of the consultation. There are a number of ways people can respond and these are detailed below:
Telephone: 0191 374 2795
Write to: Communications & Engagement Team, North of England Commissioning Support, John Snow House, Durham, DH1 3YG
Facebook: For those living in the Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland area, search for ‘NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group’. Search for ‘NHS Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group if you live in the Hartlepool or Stockton areas.
Twitter: @SouthTeesCCG or @HaSTCCG
You can download the independent consultation report on the CCG websites – www.southteesccg.nhs.uk or www.hartlepoolandstocktonccg.nhs.uk. Paper copies are available on request by calling 0191 374 2795. Please ensure your feedback is returned by Thursday 11 January 2018.
The report will also be shared with key stakeholders, such as the Tees Valley Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, local MPs, Healthwatch and local authorities.
The independent report, as well as feedback received about it will be used to help the CCGs make a decision on the future of respite services across Tees. A decision is expected to be made at a meeting of the CCGs’ Governing Bodies during the week commencing 29 January 2018. Members of the public will be welcome to attend this meeting and details will be published on the CCG websites once confirmed.
Ali Wilson, Chief Officer of NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG and Amanda Hume, Chief Officer of NHS South Tees CCG said in a joint statement: “We would like to thank everyone who took the time to get involved in the public consultation.
“We can assure everyone who completed a survey, attended one of our meetings or emailed us with their views that we will take all of that feedback into consideration when we make a decision on the future of respite services across Tees.”
Background information on the consultation is available at: