Durham County Council have regular consultations with the Public and current Consultations can be found at the link below

Young People's Transition of Care **New**

Healthwatch County Durham has just launched a survey on the transition of care for young people with extra needs from children’s to adult services. The survey is for young people aged 13 – 25yrs with extra care needs, or a family member or carer who supports them. It’s suitable for those who are just starting to think about moving or have already been transferred into adult services. We would love to hear from you, just click on the link

Council budget 2019/20 **New**

We want your views on our budget for 2019/20. 

The closing date for comments is Friday 12 October 2018.

Draft Children and Young People's Strategy Consultation - closing date 21st Sept 2018 **New*

Please see link below, which will take you to the Durham County Council consultation page, where you are able to provide comments on the draft Children and Young People’s Strategy (CYPS) before 21st September 2018.

 Kind regards, County Durham Partnership Transformation and Partnerships Durham County Council Room 5-140/150 County Hall 03000 263593 INTERNAL 263593 E mail:

Mental Capacity Act consultation **New**

The Mental Capacity Act is changing and there is currently a consultation process underway until 5 September - Please send around the network and encourage them to share widely

Strategic Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan 2018-2028 **New**

Have your say on our draft Strategic Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan 2018-2028, which will replace the County Durham Cycling Strategy from November 2018. 

The closing date for comments is Friday 7 September 2018.

Area Action Partnership (AAP) priorities 2019-2021 **New**

Our AAPs are wanting the views of local residents across the county to support them to identify the key themes that the AAPs and its partners should work on between 2019 and 2021. Have your say on Area Action Partnership (AAP) priorities for 2019-2021 

The closing date for comments is Friday 30 November 2018.

Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Local Transformation Plan Consultation **New**

We are currently consulting on the draft Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Local Transformation Plan. The draft plan for 2018-2020 is a high level plan for improving the mental health and wellbeing of all the county’s children and young people. It forms part of the overarching all age mental health strategic plan for County Durham. The Health and Wellbeing Board are responsible to ensure it is updated annually and submitted to NHS England. In developing the plan, we have considered feedback from children and young people, including the County Durham Pupil Voice Survey (2017). 

We believe it reflects the vision and principles of the national “Future in Mind” strategy and the NHS five year forward view for mental health. The plan is themed as follows: Promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention Improving access to effective support Care for the most vulnerable Accountability and Transparency Developing the workforce 

As part of the consultation, we are holding focus groups with young people and we are seeking the views of significant people in their lives such as those who work with them and parents / carers. In the focus groups, we are asking children and young people to give us their views so we can understand their knowledge and experience of mental health and wellbeing, and what they would want for the future. 

As a significant person, we welcome your views. We would particularly like to know from you: 
1. Does the plan meets the needs of our CYP and are there any gaps we have not addressed? 
2. Are these the most appropriate measures to demonstrate we are having a positive impact on young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing? 
3. What should be our ambitions for County Durham beyond the 2020 plan? 
4. Do you have any other comments in relation to mental health services for children and young people. 

Please provide any comments or feedback by no later than 7th September to:

Healthwatch Survey **New**

As a result of a public vote Healthwatch County Durham has been asked to look at the different ways in which GP surgeries across the County are managing their appointment systems, comparing triage systems, where a GP will call patients back for a telephone consultation versus the care navigation system, where trained staff talk to patients and signpost them to the most appropriate professional or service. Our aim is to find out from patients their experience of these systems, identifying good practice as well as those things that could be done better. 

The deadline for completing the survey is mid-September and here is the link online: It would be much appreciated if people could complete the survey…

Views sought on Durham County Council’s proposed new riverside HQ **New** 

Durham County Council is calling on residents, businesses and other groups to have their say on its draft proposals for a new city centre HQ. Earlier this year, the authority’s cabinet agreed on relocating to council-owned land on the riverside to make way for a business park development. 

Read more on our website

We want your views about Direct Access to Adult Hearing Services **New**

Five health commissioners across Durham and Teesside are working together to re- procure the Direct Access to Adult Hearing Services for Age Related Hearing Loss – Audiology Services and we would like your views to help us do that. The impact of hearing loss in adults can be immense both at a personal and a societal level leading to social isolation, depression, loss of independence and employment challenges. One in six people in the UK has some form of hearing loss. Most are elderly people who are gradually losing their hearing as part of the ageing process, with more than 70% of over 70 year-olds and 40% of over 50 year-olds having some form of hearing loss. The aim of the service is to provide a comprehensive, patient-centred, direct access adult hearing service for age-related hearing loss in line with national guidance and local requirements. 

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED A period of eight weeks, public engagement began on Monday 14th May 2018 until Friday 6th July 2018. We will be gathering the views of service users and local stakeholders about their experience of the current service and seeking suggestions on how to improve a future service.

You can get involved by completing an online questionnaire, using the following web link

LGBT+ communities consultation until 29 June 2018 **New**

We aim to improve the health and wellbeing of communities in County Durham. We do this directly by offering services, by commissioning services from other organisations, and by working with our health and other partners, including pharmacies, GPs and emergency services. We want to know what's working, and what's not working for our LGBT+ communities, and make sure that we get the right services to the right people. 

To find out more or take part in the consultation please visit by 29 June 2018.

Durham riverbanks and garden consultation **New**

We are developing a project (with landowners and stakeholders) focussing on Durham’s riverbanks and the paths to the surrounding gardens in the City. We have developed a questionnaire which we would like as many people as possible to fill in. 

Durham County Council would like to hear your views and experiences of Durham's riverbanks and walks to the surrounding gardens. We are working in partnership to tap into the huge potential of Durham City's riverbanks and gardens to provide a more inviting destination for residents, students and visitors. Your views will help us to prioritise and apply for funding to improve access and interpretation, undertake conservation management of the natural and built heritage features, as well as identify the types of events and activities you think would increase their use. 

For more information and to take part, go to our the consultation section of our website on by 5 June 2018.’ 

There will also be people on the riverbanks and paths doing face to face surveys over the next few weeks.

NHS England are asking for your thoughts **New**

NHS England are currently asking for your views about the use of ‘online consultations’ as an alternative way to have a consultation from your GP. 

NHS England is supporting local NHS GP practices to offer their patients alternative ways to have a consultation with a GP or other practice-based health professional online via the internet, rather than waiting for the next available appointment to attend in person. NHS England are suggesting that online consultations could be a way for patients to contact their GP practice without having to wait on the phone or take time out to come into the practice. 

You can share your views through the NHS England online questionnaire which will close on Friday 15 June 2018. 

 Kind regards, Daniel Blagdon Engagement Lead NHS North Durham CCG

Have your say - Referral Portal Development. **New**

The Advice in County Durham online referral portal was first established in early 2015, with traffic increasing we are currently exploring the possibility of either updating the current portal or developing a new one. In order to create a portal which works well for the people who use it, we need you to tell us when you need from a referral system. If you use the portal, or would like to, please take this opportunity to spend five minutes completing our online survey at

Navigator Evaluation **New**

Please find attached a revised quotation request for any interested organisations to provide an Independent Strategic Performance and Development Review of the Navigator project. In response to feedback, we have amended the specification to give additional details such as the budget and have extended the deadline for submissions to Friday 4th May 2018. 

A copy of the original bid document is also attached for information. Please feel free to forward this email on to any potentially interested parties. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on the details below. 

Kind regards Debbie Debbie Duncan Commissioning Officer Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Seafield House Redcar TS10 1SP Tel: (01642) (77)1640 Email: Website:

National Rural Crime Survey 2018 **New**

The National Rural Crime Survey was launched yesterday by the National Rural Crime Network. I would be most grateful if you could share this information with your contacts, networks, boards and through your social media. We need to encourage as many people as possible to complete the survey as to get aggregated data for Durham we have been told that need a minimum of 500 returns. It is really important for us to get this information so we can get a true picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in our rural communities across county Durham and Darlington. It is important for us to see what has changed since the 2015 survey. It will help to provide a clear picture of what has improved, what challenges remain and what more we can do to make a difference to the lives of those who live and work in our rural communities. 

We will me monitoring the survey on a weekly basis to see how many responses we get. Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner will be using the results of the 2018 survey to help formulate his next Rural Crime Statement which he plan to publish in the autumn. This will help us to deliver effective, appropriate and efficient services to our Rural Communities. The results will also feed into the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Rural Affairs National Strategy for 2018-2021 which is also due to be launched later this year.

Civil society strategy: have your say - Consultation **New**

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Office for Civil Society 

Closes: 22 May 2018

From supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society to the work of charities, community groups and businesses helping good causes, civil society is part of the fabric of our society. We want to have an open conversation about civil society, what is working well, and what government can do to strengthen it further. If you want to help create a stronger civil society, we want you to share your ideas on how government can work with and support civil society to: support people - including young people - to play an active role in building a stronger society unlock the full potential of the private and public sectors to support social good help improve communities improve for living and working in build stronger public services

Healthwatch County Durham offers local people a vote on their work **New**

Healthwatch County Durham is currently planning it’s work for the next year and is offering everyone in the region the chance to vote on which local health and social care services it works on next. Healthwatch gathers people’s views about services and uses these to influence the people who are able to bring about changes. For example, our work with stroke patients has just led to a new service being commissioned for the county, which will include all the elements patients told us were most important for them. We wondered if you would be able to publicise the vote on your website. It really is a chance for people to make sure the local health and social care services they think need changing are held to account

Please note – for print versions the hyperlink “click here” could be replaced by “visit”

Primary Care Consultation **New**

We want your views Your views are needed about your experiences of using the extended primary care services. 

This service was introduced in April 2017 and was designed to offer more same day urgent appointments for patients during the week and on weekends. Data is showing that the service, which is delivered through nine hubs over the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield area, is not being used as predicted. We need to know what could be improved or changed as we want to make sure that we are buying the right services for our patients, so we need your input. If you have used the extended primary care service, 
please can you take a few minutes to complete this survey as your views are important in shaping the services moving forward see Primary Care Service engagement link 

If you have some general comments and want to feed these in or you would like more information, please send them to the Tina Balbach , Engagement Lead at:

NHS England Consultation - Over the Counter Medicines **New**

You may have already received information about a national consultation that is taking place at the moment. Patients, members of the public, and NHS staff are encouraged to feed into the consultation as the resulting guidance will be used to inform what is available on prescription from your GP in your local area NHS England Consultation: reducing prescribing of over the counter medicines 

What is the consultation? NHS England launched a public consultation on 20 December 2017 in relation to reducing prescribing of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for minor, short-term health concerns which could save the NHS millions of pounds a year and encourage more people to self-care. How can I get involved? You can see the full consultation document on the links included and a locally produced summary sheet of some of the key information contained within the consultation document is available too. 

You can respond to the consultation by using the online web-form: Alternatively, written responses can be submitted to When does the consultation close? 

 The NHS England national consultation will close on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Department for Transport launch consultation on section 19/22 permits **New**

The UK Government launched its much-awaited consultation on Thursday 8th February 2018, on the use of section 19 and 22 permits. You can access the consultation here. 

We have been informed that the Department for Transport is running its own information events, and they have asked us to share the dates and locations of these events which you can see below. The CTA does not intend to duplicate this work and therefore will be signposting members to these dates and times, although my Country Director colleagues are working with their devolved national governments to see if they intend to hold any additional events. However, we are open to invitations to other forums where groups of our members will be gathering. During February I have already attended our Scotland and Wales committee meetings and our Policy Committee will be meeting in Manchester this week. You can read my full message looking at our initial thoughts on our blog and we will be releasing more detailed guidance for members to help them respond to the consultation shortly. 

If you have any questions in the meantime, you can email

Healthwatch County Durham - vote now to help shape our work **New**

Vote now to decide which local health and care services we gather your views on in 2018-19, to help improve them in the future. 

In 2017 we gathered your feedback on a variety of services in County Durham, from breast screening to pharmacies, contributing to the ongoing improvement of these services. Now we’d like you to decide which areas of health and social care we focus on next. We have identified six priority areas, based on information you gave us over the last year, and we’d like you to choose the FOUR you think are most important for us to include in our work for 2018-19. The six areas to choose from are: Mental health support services Appointment systems in GP surgeries Dementia support Transition support (from children to adult services) Patient transport Dental charges and treatment 

Vote now The deadline for voting is 31 March. You can also request a hard copy of our survey by calling freephone 0800 304 7039.

Green paper consultation - Transforming CYP’s mental health provision **New**

As you may be aware The Green paper on ‘transforming CYP’s mental health provision’ has been released and will run for 13 weeks, closing on the 2nd March 2018. This paper sets the ambition that children and young people who need help for their mental health are able to get it when they need it. 

The paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges and how the proposals can be implemented. 
This includes: Creating a new mental health workforce of community based mental health support teams Every school and college will be encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health A new 4 week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted in some areas 

Feedback can be presented from an individual / service / organisation. .

Macmillan Joining the Dots County Durham **Current**

Macmillan Joining the Dots consultation We are now consulting on our plans for a new service for people living in County Durham affected by cancer and would like to hear your views. What is Macmillan Joining the Dots? It is an exciting partnership between the council and Macmillan Cancer Support which will help us to develop new ways of working to make sure people affected by cancer, including patients, carers and relatives, receive the support they need.

It will have a focus on non-clinical support, covering money, housing, practical and emotional support, lifestyle and spiritual issues and will aim to address concerns over gaps in support available across the county. Why are we planning a new service? Many people facing cancer need help around money, work, practical things like housework or dog walking, lifestyle and emotional support. Because there is no easy way of finding out where that help might come from, many people currently miss out on getting the help they so desperately need.

Bereavement and Funeral Poverty Research **Current**

You are invited to participate in a study being conducted relating to bereavement and funeral poverty. The aim of the research is to further understand how the change to Bereavement Support Payment may effect claimants and to consider the adequacy of the support available overall to bereaved families. Your views would be most valuable on this important subject, whether or not you have much experience in this area or with the new benefit. 

Participation would involve completing an online questionnaire. It will take around 10 minutes to answer all the multiple choice questions. You are under no obligation to participate in the research and there is no material incentive for you to do so. All questions will be completed anonymously; the researcher will not know who has completed the questionnaire. 

 The researcher is Jennifer Cowen and she can be contacted at If you have any further questions about anything to do with the questionnaire, or the research in general, please feel free to contact her. If you would like to participate and make your views count, please click on the link below to redirect to the research questionnaire and further information on the study: 

Follow this link to the Survey: Take the Survey 

Sugar Smart Community Survey **Current**

We launched our SUGAR SMART campaign at the Durham Centre yesterday and already have pledges to take action to help people reduce their sugar consumption from a number of partners including the NHS Foundation Trust, Durham University and several departments at DCC. Claypath Deli in Durham are also going to take part and we hope to recruit other independent restaurants. 

We have a community survey that we would like as many people as possible to complete, so please help us by filling it in yourself and then passing on to friends, family, mailing lists (where appropriate), colleagues etc. There are two £10 vouchers for Claypath Deli up for grabs as well as free swim vouchers. 

Here is the link to the survey to get views on sugar consumption and how best to reduce it for your information.

Diabetes Education Sessions **Current**

My name is Sara Blight and I currently work as part of the New Integrated Diabetes Team within County Durham.  We are hoping to get patient feedback around any education sessions that someone with diabetes or a carer of someone with diabetes has been referred to by their GP.
We have 3 ways that someone can access and complete the survey.
Online via survey monkey.  Here is the link
Telephone by contacting Nicola Wilson Diabetes Coordinator on 0191 569 2834.
We would like to hear from as many diabetic patients and carers as possible to help make appropriate changes to the support that they receive to manage their long term condition.  It would be great if you could share this with as many people as possible so we can gain this valuable feedback.

More Participant Required for Funders **Current**

Esmee Fairburn and Blagrave are running a survey of VSOs in order to inform a session that will take place at the ACF conference in November – the session is looking at whether foundations are fit for purpose, and the survey is key to getting the views of their key stakeholders.   They have 250 responses so far, but are hoping to get much more like 1000.  The survey asks questions about Trusts and Foundations – their communication, support and relationships with grantees.