What does good patient and public involvement look like?

Help to shape the People and Communities Strategy.


The NHS in changing in 2022 to make sure everybody works together to provide the best care for everyone. How patients receive care, and where from, is unlikely to change. The change is happening to the organisations who commission (plan and pay for) care.


Since 2010 in South Yorkshire there have been four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who plan and pay for health services – one each for Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. From July 2022 these organisations will become one - the South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (to be known as NHS South Yorkshire)*


Integrated Care Boards and Integrated Care Partnerships are being set up across England to join up health and care services.  The aim is to improve health for everyone, and to help break down the traditional barriers between hospitals and family doctors, between physical and mental health, and between NHS and council services.


An engagement strategy is being developed to set out how the Integrated Care Board will work with patients and the public. They want an ongoing dialogue with patients and the public so that they can better understand what works for patients about services, and what could be better, so that when the NHS is looking at what it should be changing/ improving it will be doing so based on what they know from the public.  


As a stakeholder who works with the public, they would like your feedback to help them shape this strategy. They want to understand for you what good patient/ public involvement would look like, so that we can shape a successful insight led strategy.


For more information, and to find out how to get involved, please visit this website - https://sybics.co.uk/get-involved/Start-With-People-South-Yorkshire-Our-approach-to-working-alongside-people-and-communities


A draft of the strategy is now available for your comment via the above link, should you wish to do so.


If you do have any comments please send them to helloworkingtogether@nhs.net by the end of the day on Thursday 16 June 2022.


They apologise that the timelines for this are short, due to them working to national deadlines. 


If you have any questions, please contact helloworkingtogether@nhs.net


*subject to the successful passing of the Health and Care Bill through parliament