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

Current Co Durham Consultations


Review of Statement of Policy under the Licensing Act 2003

All licensing authorities must prepare and publish a statement of their licensing policy every five years. Our current policy which was published in 2014 must be reviewed this year. We will be developing a new policy over the coming months that will be adopted by the Council by the end of October 2019.

In carrying out that review, we want to consult with existing licensed premises and with organisations, persons and bodies representing responsible authorities, the public and most importantly, the licensed trade in our area.

As with the current policy, the new one will be focussed on the following four licensing objectives which the policy will seek to promote:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public Safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm

We believe that the Council’s licensing policy should benefit the operators of licensed premises and the public alike. Our policy will reflect and incorporate the freedoms and flexibility provided to the licensed trade and leisure industry by the Act. However, it is important that our licensing policy balances the legitimate needs of businesses in the county and the demand for leisure and cultural activities alongside the need to protect those who could be adversely affected by licensed premises.

We would very much like to hear your views in relation to our current licensing policy. We would welcome any suggestions you may wish to make that might lead to improvements in our policy for the coming five-year period.

To have your say on the policy you can let us know via the following link:

Alternatively, you may wish to respond by writing to me at the address below, marking your correspondence “Review of Licensing Policy” or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Comments must be received by Friday 3rd May 2019.

Access to GP Appointments

Healthwatch County Durham has been asked by the two Clinical Commissioning Groups in County Durham to gather feedback on the impact Care Navigation has had on the patient’s experience in Primary Care ie GP services.  Care Navigation is the system where trained, non-clinical staff, talk to patients when they book an appointment, providing information about the professionals or services that may be suitable for a patient’s needs.  Our role is to carry out an independent, confidential evaluation of Care Navigation. 

The survey closes at the end of February and all responses are anonymous.  Our aim is to find out what is working well and what could be done better.  

If you’d like to get your voice heard follow this link – 

LSCB Transition: Work Stream 1 - Action (Consultation)

Dear Partner

Julie Scurfield has asked me to distribute the following link (to a proposed online survey) for your comment.

The survey is intended to gather the opinion of parents as to their views on safeguarding in order that they may be considered in the development of the Partnership’s new Safeguarding Offer.

Please send comment directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to expedite the readiness of this survey before Wednesday 23rd January.  Following this date Julie will work with partners to disseminate the survey and share an update at the Work Stream meeting currently scheduled for Wednesday 6th February 


Mark Quinn Quality and Performance Coordinator Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board  Tel. 03000 265 772 County Hall Durham DH1 5UJ

North East and North Cumbria Child Health and Wellbeing Network – getting engagement right to design and deliver better outcomes for our children and young people (up to 18 years).

Our Key objective is: to achieve meaningful and realistic plans for engagement across the North East and North Cumbria to effectively design and deliver improved outcomes for our children. This work aims to include colleagues from local authorities, education, physical and mental health, voluntary sector organisations, community and faith groups and all other organisations involved with children’s services.

We are proud to be part of a small, but growing piece of work in the North East and Cumbria that plans to make a real difference to children’s services (listed at the end of the email are some of the Core System Leaders already involved). Our evolving hypothesis is:

We believe all children in the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) should be given the opportunity to truly reach their potential and be advantaged not disadvantaged by geography and organisational structures. 

If we plan, design and deliver improvements in health and social  services for children together with all key stakeholders then we can achieve services that are  equitable, of high quality with best value,  that are sustainable  for the population of North East and North Cumbria 

We are starting a change programme in February 2019 and we want to gather your views and those from all sectors involved with children and young people from the short survey below.

Link to survey:

Consultation: A review and update of CCG guidance on Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care

NHS England continues to partner with NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) to support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in ensuring that they can use their prescribing resources effectively and deliver best patient outcomes from the medicines that their local population uses. A national public consultation has been launched on proposals to update and review commissioning guidance on eight more products that cost the NHS more than £68 million.

In the majority of cases there are other more effective, safer and/or cheaper alternatives available to the items that NHS England is recommending should not be routinely prescribed in primary care.

The consultation runs until 28 February 2019. Details of public consultation events can be found here. If you would like any further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Durham LSCB Multi-Agency Practitioner Survey - 2018/19

The Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is launching its second multi-agency practitioner survey in County Durham with the aim of the Board having a better and informed understanding of what good looks like in terms of safeguarding and working together and how this could be improved. Your responses to the questions in this survey are vital in assisting the LSCB to ensure that practitioners are equipped and enabled to work together effectively in order to safeguard children and young people and improve outcomes for children and families in County Durham. The survey is intended to be wide ranging with engagement from as many agencies, services, departments and practitioners working with children and families in County Durham.

The survey has four sections: 1. Thresholds & Referrals 2. Information Sharing 3. Challenge 4. Barriers This survey will be open from Monday 29 October 2018 and will close on Thursday 28 February 2019 and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The responses will be analysed and actions will be incorporated into the work plans of the relevant LSCB sub-groups. Thank you for your co-operation and we look forward to reviewing the responses.

To commence the survey please start here.

Stroke Rehabilitation Services - Engagement

The three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) covering County Durham and Darlington are looking to gather the views from patients who have experienced a stroke and / or their families/carers, to help us to provide a service that delivers care closer to home where possible and more continuity of care. The review is looking at the current pathway which includes the specialist stroke rehabilitation provision at Bishop Auckland Hospital, as well as rehabilitation provision outside the hospital in the community. The engagement activity will begin on Thursday 4th October until Friday 9th November and will include speaking to patients who are currently on the stroke wards at Bishop Auckland Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham and those who have recently been discharged. We will also be attending established stroke groups within the community to talk to stroke survivors to gather feedback on their experiences. We will be discussing options around new ways of providing care to stroke patients which would enhance their experience.

If you have recently experienced a stroke or are a family member/carer for someone who has, and would like give your views on your experience of the rehabilitation services, please click the link to take part in a survey: If you need assistance in completing the survey, would like a paper copy or require the survey in an alternative format, please contact Tina Balbach on 0191 371 3245 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Young People's Transition of Care 

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


Mental Capacity Act consultation

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


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

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.

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