Engagement & Consultation
Talking and listening to local people when changes to local health services are being considered
Who are Engagement Champions?
Engagement Champions are representatives of local communities. They give local people the chance to influence the way health services are planned and delivered.
In times of change, it’s really important that the health services we receive in the future are shaped by local people’s views.
Who can become an Engagement Champion?
Representatives of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations working in Calderdale can become Engagement Champions.
Organisations with trained Engagement Champions can then become ‘approved providers’ to carry out engagement and consultation activities locally and carry out paid work.
How do you become an Engagement Champion?
The Engagement Champions training programme gives people the skills and knowledge they need to carry out activities like surveys, questionnaires and focus groups.
The free training includes 1 full day and 2 half day training sessions and a practical engagement task.
For more information please call 01422 348777
Involving People with Learning Disabilities
Working in partnership with Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups, VAC is developing and improving the structure and process for involving people with learning disabilities in the mainstream engagement programmes operating in the area – Engagement Champions in Calderdale and Community Voices in Kirklees.
The aim of this work is to both broaden and deepen existing engagement work with individuals and with groups that work with people with learning disabilities. This work builds on the “community asset” engagement model already developed in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. It is also a development from the successful pilot work undertaken with adults with learning disabilities as part of the Transforming Care Partnership (TCP) Plan. This in turn was based on the model of engagement developed in Calderdale which involved people with learning disabilities in health service changes. This current work has 4 main elements:
- The development of a flexible community asset training programme where the format and content of each session is tailored to the needs and abilities of the attendees – a range of qualified trainers/facilitators will be used
- The creation of a network of adults with learning disabilities who are Engagement Champions/Community Voices and feel confident in responding to consultation and engagement exercises as part of an ongoing process of involvement.
- The establishment of a network of groups that work with people with learning disabilities to exchange information and experience and influence the direction of the engagement programme
- By using the engagement model and contact with groups and service users, the work will seek to identify and engage with other groups eg young people, carers that might benefit from a community asset approach.
A key objective of the work will be to identify a sustainable approach to maintaining the involvement of people with learning disabilities in engagement.
Between November and May this year, VAC worked in partnership with Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups on a pilot project to support the involvement of adults with learning disabilities to have a say about health care and services across the area. Participants were also invited to be involved in the Transforming Care Partnership (TCP) Plan for Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and Barnsley (CKWB). The TCP set out a programme to transform services for people with a learning disability and/or autism.
As part of the pilot, VAC developed its original model and worked with groups of people with learning disabilities in Calderdale and Kirklees, and also in Wakefield and Barnsley, to support their engagement in the TCP process and to feed their views into any proposals for changes to health services.
VAC’s report of its findings was submitted to the TCP Partnership Board at the end of May. The success of the pilot persuaded the CCG in Greater Huddersfield to invest in work with adults with learning disabilities in their area. The learning from the pilot has strongly influenced VAC’s approach.
If you would like to know more about the work of Engagement Champions and Community Voices and the engagement with adults with learning disabilities, contact:
Alan Duncan Engagement Lead on Tel 01422 431093; Mob 07494 395 443; email email@example.com