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Central Bedfordshire Council Budget Consultation 2020 

Since Central Bedfordshire Council came into existence in 2009, they have delivered £150million of efficiency savings through  financial management and thinking differently about how they work.   They plan to find £13.6million of efficiencies through a range of measures.

They would like to hear residents' views on their budge

More information is available to view here.  The consultation closes on 30 January 2020

Bedford Borough Council Budget Consultation 2020

Despite already achieving savings in excess of £104 million Bedford Borough Council needs to identify further savings of more than £18 million by 2025. 

They would like to hear residents’ views on their budgets and areas they might look at to save money or increase revenue.

More information is available to view here.  The consultation closes on 17 January 2020.


Moorfields Eye Hospital Consultation

This consultation is focused on the proposal to move Moorfields’ services and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) from their sites at City Road, Islington to the St Pancras Hospital site in Camden, including the important issue of access.

There are various ways to get involved and share your views on the proposal, which you can find here - https://oriel-london.org.uk/get-involved/how-to-give-your-views/

Public consultation regarding Draft Air Quality Action Plan for Ampthill & Sandy, Bedfordshire

Following on from the declaration of Air Quality Management Areas in Sandy and Ampthill in 2015, as monitoring showed that the level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) did not meet the objective set by the UK Government.

•           In Ampthill, the Air Quality Management Area is within the town centre, which has narrow sections of roads and a double roundabout to control traffic flow from four traffic streams. It has been declared about the exceedance of the Annual Air Quality Objective with respect to nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The town centre is often congested at peak times and problems occur with traffic negotiating narrow sections and/or parked delivery vehicles. The narrow roads, often with tall buildings either side of the carriageway do not allow the traffic emissions to disperse

•           In Sandy, the Air Quality Management Area is for an area 10metres either side of the carriageway of the A1 (from the Bedford Road/A603 roundabout to the Georgetown exit). It has been declared about the exceedance of both the Annual and Hourly Air Quality Objectives with respect to nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The road is a national trunk route, attracting a large amount of traffic daily, some residential properties are close to the carriageway, which does not allow for the fact that levels of pollution decrease as the distance from the source increases.

The council is legally required to produce an Air Quality Action Plan that outlines measures that are intended to be implemented to improve air quality within the Air Quality Management Areas.

Central Bedfordshire Council would like to get the views of the statutory consultees, local residents, businesses and any other interested parties on the proposed measures within the draft Air Quality Action Plan which are aiming to work towards improving the air quality.

The public consultation runs between 5th February and 1st April 2019 and the documents can be viewed and your comments made online by visiting the councils website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council/consultations/overview.aspx 

Bedford Borough Parents and Carers Forum – SEND Outcomes framework -  Survey closed

Following a recent OFSTED inspection, the Bedford Borough Parents and Carers Forum (BBPCF) are putting together an outcomes framework.  The outcomes framework is a tool to measure how well children and young people (age 0-25) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are being looked after in Bedford Borough.  This relates to children with SEND who live in or access services in Bedford Borough. 

They would like to hear from as many families as possible to understand what is important to them and any barriers they may have encountered.  To do this they are holding a number of engagement meetings and have created an online survey.

Commissioning Intentions - survey closed

We have refreshed some of our thinking to improve the services available, and we would really welcome your views.

Please click here for more information

Bedfordshire Adult Mental Health Crisis Care  - survey closed

We are looking at how we can improve the mental health crisis care for adult residents living in Bedfordshire.  Working with our partners, we are seeking the views of service users, carers and our local community.  

Please click here for further information  

 (Updated 04/09/17)

Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) - survey closed

Have your say on hospital-based care

In March 2017 we gathered your feedback on the initial thinking and ideas presented in the BLMK STP Discussion Paper ‘Seeking your views on transforming health and care in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes’.

The findings can be found on the BLMK website.


Community Health Services - survey closed

In partnership with Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council, we are working to improve the provision for Community Health Services to meet the needs of Bedfordshire’s growing and ageing population.

Please click here for further information.


Chiltern Hills Medical Surgery, Dunstable - survey closed

The GP services at Chiltern Hills Surgery are currently provided by a company called IntraHealth.  They have given notice on their contract and will stop providing services at Chiltern Hills Surgery on 30 May 2017.  Please click here for further details of our plans for Chiltern Hills Medical Surgery.

(Section updated 18 January 2017)


Annual General Meeting 2016 - survey closed

We hosted our AGM on Thursday 8 September 2016.  The meeting was held at the Rufus Centre in Flitwick, and was a chance for the residents of Bedfordshire, our member GPs and other partner organisations to formally receive our Annual Report and Accounts.

The AgendaPresentation slides and Annual Report Summary are available to view.


Primary Care - Arlesey Medical Practice - survey closed

Services provided at GP practices are arranged through contracts with individual providers to run individual practices and services.  Arlesey Medical Centre is run under what is known as an Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) contract.  The contract at Arlesey Medical Centre is due to end on 31 March 2017.  To find out how we are working with NHS England and have engaged with patients to work out what services are needed at the practice and what should be included in the new contract, please click here.

(Section last updated 15 November 2016)


Formal Consultation on Value Based Elective Commissioning (VBEC) - survey closed

We have conducted a formal consultation asking local people to give their views on whether gluten-free food, over the counter medicines and specialist fertility services should be provided by the NHS in Bedfordshire. 

The consultation period was from Tuesday 3 May through to Sunday 24 July 2016.  The results of the formal consultation have now been collated and are included in a report which was considered by members of Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body on 24 November 2016.

After considering the wide-ranging feedback from both members of the public and support organisations the Governing Body voted in favour of the proposal to no longer fund gluten-free foods and over the counter medicines on the NHS in Bedfordshire, but to continue to commission specialist fertility services in line with BCCG’s current policy.

(Section last updated 2 December 2016) 


Shaping the new model of Community Health Services

We are developing a model for a new community health service in Bedfordshire, and will be asking patients and members of the public for their views on the model.  

Please click here for further information. 

(Section last updated July 2016)


NHS111 and Out of Hours GP services – March 2016

BCCG has recently conducted a survey to hear your views and experiences of the NHS111 and local Out of Hours GP services.  This survey is now closed and a report on the process and findings is available here

(Section last updated 8 July 2016) 


Value Based Elective Commissioining - March 2016 

BCCG recently asked local people to give their views on whether specialist fertility treatment, gluten-free food and over-the-counter medicines should continue to be funded by the NHS in Bedfordshire.

BCCG recognises the need to balance funding for these three services with all the other treatments provided.

As part of the listening exercise, the CCG met with a number of local groups and invited members of the public to take part in a survey.  

A report of the findings was submitted to BCCG’s Governing Body on Thursday 7 April.  At this meeting the Governing Body decided to proceed with a full public consultation about these three services. This consultation has now ended.

(Section last updated July 2016) 


Mental Health and Learning Disability Event - February 2016

We supported an event on Friday 12 February 2016 where developments on the mental health and learning disability services were highlighted and new ideas and thoughts were shared to further support the development of this service.  Please click here for details.


Community Health Services - December 2015

We want to design a new model of community health services that will meet the needs of a growing and ageing population and are keen to involve patients, carers and patient representatives in the process. Click here for further information. 


Fit and Well this Summer and AGM - July 2015

In July 2015 we hosted a ‘Fit and Well this Summer’ event on the same day we held our AGM. A report was produced following the event which outlines the key learning points from the event. Click here for more information.


Welcoming the new Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing service - April 2015

Carers and service users were given the opportunity to meet the senior staff from the Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service when they attended a welcome meeting mid April 2015.  To find out more click here.


Involving service users and carers in the selection process for mental health and learning disability services - October 2014

In October 2014, we brought together groups of service users and carers to form independent stakeholder panels to interview the providers who had been shortlisted during the procurement process. We believe that this is the first time an NHS commissioner has involved service users and carers in this way. To find out more click here.


Bedfordshire Plan for Patients meeting - March 2015

We held a meeting on 5 March 2015 to tell people about our plans for patients. To find out more click here.


 Musculoskeletal (MSK) Survey

Circle MSK has invited Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire to conduct an independent patient experience survey of the MSK service delivered across Bedfordshire, to understand current service delivery from the patient’s perspective, with a focus on their current and/or previous experience including how they accessed the service. Circle MSK are working to improve the patient experience and quality of care delivered. They would like to give people who use their services the opportunity to shape the way in which services are delivered. To do this they have requested support from Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire, as an independent organisation, to get you involved and to learn of your experience. 

Click here to find out more information about this survey and have the opportunity to respond.

Pharmaceutical Needs Consultation 

Residents of Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Milton Keynes have the chance to give their views on pharmaceutical services in their local areas.

It is part of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), which runs until 15 December 2017.

Click here to find out more information about this consultation and have the opportunity to respond.   

(This survey is now closed)

Radiotherapy Services

A public consultation on changes to radiotherapy services in England is now open, running until December 18.

This is your chance to comment on the ‘big picture’ of radiotherapy service change, the details of which will then be worked out locally and regionally, eg the East of England.

Click here to find out more information about this consultation and have the opportunity to respond. 

(This survey is now closed)



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