A 16-week consultation was held between 30 November 2009 and 22 March 2010 to hear people’s views about the proposals and our ideas for providing better healthcare.
Local NHS organisations in north east London undertook an extensive engagement programme to promote the consultation and encourage stakeholders to have their say.
Local Involvement Networks (LINks) were actively involved in consultation planning and delivery as were the People’s Platforms which provide a public and patient perspective on the programme.
During consultation, around:
57,000 consultation documents and 5,000 alternative formats were distributed
7,200 people visited 25 roadshows, including some targeted at commuters and others targeted at people who are in full time work
300 meetings took place
1,200 people from ‘under-represented groups’ gave their views
11,200 visits to the website by 7,500 people, with 3,000 of them downloading the consultation document and alternative formats.
GPs and other health professionals met regularly in the period up to consultation and during it to discuss the proposals. Many GPs spoke at, or led, meetings with the public and attended roadshows to discuss the proposals with members of the public.
Local authorities were asked to consider the proposals and there was ongoing engagement with local council leaders, councillors, chief executives, overview and scrutiny committees and strategic partnership groups through events, meetings and one-to-one briefings.
Joint health overview and scrutiny committees for inner and outer north east London reviewed the consultation and examined the impact of the proposals. The committees considered evidence from clinicians and NHS organisations, local authorities, professional and voluntary sector organisations and local community and patient groups.
Following the consultation further engagement was undertaken to help shape revised recommendations. Read more.