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Your Opinion Matters

Getting Involved

Thank you for getting involved. Click on the links below, or at the side of this page, to take you straight to your area of interest. Reports showing the impact of your feedback and input are available here.

Improving Talking Therapies

One in four people will experience a common mental health condition such as stress, depression or anxiety at some point of their lives but help is available for people whose daily lives are affected.  Your GP may refer you to the local talking therapies service, or you can refer yourself.

We have got big plans for talking therapies services across Barnsley. We want more people to have access to the service and to be seen sooner.

We also want people to feel that the type of talking therapies offered to them, suits their needs. This will mean more people feel able to continue with all of the sessions available to them and they feel the full benefit of the support.

Click here for more information about how to share your feedback and suggestions.

Have your say on how minor eye conditions are treated 

We are currently reviewing the way in which minor eye conditions are treated locally and we would value your help with this. 

Back in 2015, the CCG launched a free eye care service for people with minor eye conditions called the Primary Eyecare Assessment and Referral Service or more commonly referred to as PEARS.     

The current contract for delivery of the PEARS scheme is due to come to an end later in 2018.  Prior to this we are undertaking a review with the specific aim to gain views and feedback from the following three key groups of people; those people using the service; those people referring into the service and; those people providing the service in order to determine the effectiveness of the current PEARS scheme and to help shape the development of future minor eye conditions services locally.  

Click here for more information about how to get involved 

Help review and refresh the Barnsley Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Coming soon. The Barnsley Mental Health Forum are advising and supporting the work we are doing to refresh the current mental health and wellbeing strategy. Click here to read the current strategy. More information on how to get involved in the review will be available shortly.

Help shape hospital services

Healthcare professionals across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield are coming together with patients and the public to help shape how hospital services could be delivered in the future to ensure local people continue to get safe, sustainable, high quality care.

The first step will be to look at how current hospital services are provided and what needs to happen to future proof them, taking into account local and national issues such as rising demand, workforce and resource challenges and consistently delivering quality standards. The aim will be to ensure patients and local communities have access to appropriate, safe, high quality care and that improved ways of working are developed to ensure existing staff are retained as well as hospitals being able to attract the best possible staff in the future.

Click here for more information on how to get involved.

Reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines

NHS England is launching a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.

In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.

These prescriptions include items for a condition:

  • That is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord;

  • Which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine.

Vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included in the consultation proposals as items of low clinical effectiveness which are of high cost to the NHS.

NHS England has partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners to carry out the consultation after CCGs asked for a nationally co-ordinated approach to the development of commissioning guidance in this area to ensure consistency and address unwarranted variation.

The intention is to produce a consistent, national framework for CCGs to use.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the commissioning guidance will need to be taken into account by CCGs in adopting or amending their own local guidance to GPs in primary care.

The aim of this consultation is to provide you with information about the proposed national guidance and to seek your views about the proposals.

Visit the NHS England consultation site for all the details of how to feedback. Closing date 14 March 2018.