Government departments and public sector organisations often want to know what you think about changes they want to introduce.

This page wants to highlight some of the issues that these organisations are currently asking about, locally and nationally, that could affect you and those who use health and social care services.

  • Transforming Mental Health Services – Focus House [Closes 16 Jun 2017]

    Due to unprecedented cuts in funding, the Council is facing extreme financial pressures. This means we are constantly reviewing/transforming our services, including adult social care services, to ensure they are appropriate, effective, cost efficient and sustainable.

    As a part of this process we are reviewing our mental health services and are now consulting  on proposals to change some services provided by Focus House, in particular the residential care element of the service which currently provides 24/7 care and support to seven residents.


  • Education Health and Care Plans Survey [Closes 28 February 2017]

    Please find the survey link below for all Reading children, young people and families that have had an EHCP finalised (either through an initial Needs Assessment or Conversion from a Statement/LDA to an EHC Plan).   Please note that this survey is only for children/ young people living in the Reading Borough.

    Overview and survey: Education Health and Care Plan Survey 2016

    The Children and Families Act 2014 made changes to the way the Local Authority and its partners support children and young people with SEND and it is vital that we get the views of our young people and their families about the EHCP Needs Assessment / conversion process.

    The feedback from the survey will not only enable us to further improve the EHCP process in Reading but it will help us to prepare for the impending Ofsted / CQC Inspection of SEND that can take place at any point in time.

  • Remodelling of Reading Children’s Centres Consultation [Closes 29 Mar 2017]

    Reading Borough Council is asking for the views of service users, members of the public and stakeholders, on the proposed remodelling of Children’s Centres. The feedback from this consultation will be considered by Councillors in Spring 2017.

    This document sets out the proposal for remodelling Reading Children’s Centres for families with children under 5 years. Reading Borough Council has a statutory duty to consult about changes to, and closures of, Children’s Centres, which are part of the proposed remodelled Children’s Centre service.

    Cuts in Government funding and increased demands on services mean the Council must make a further £40million of savings by 2020, and of this, £400 thousand must be met from the Children’s Centres budget. It is proposed that the total amount would be saved by implementing the remodelled Children’s Centre service.

    Residents’ and stakeholders’ views on these proposals for Children’s Centres are very important as the Council needs this feedback to inform decision-making to contribute towards the delivery of savings across the Authority

    Give Your View: Online Survey

  • Consultation on improving how patients and the public can help develop NICE guidance and standards [Closes 28 Feb 2017]

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a new set of new proposals to improve how they deliver patient and public involvement within the organisation. The proposals are now available on the NICE website in draft, and they’re keen to hear what everyone thinks of them before they’re finalised early next year.      

    The commitment to hearing the public voice is a routine and crucial part of how they develop NICE guidance and standards. For this reason, it was vital for the organisation to review their approach to lay involvement and to find out how they can improve on what they’re doing already, and how they can ‘future proof’ their work, as NICE continues to change and develop.

    After carrying out a year-long review, which involved talking to stakeholders – both inside and outside NICE – reviewing the information and converted it into a set of principles and proposals. We hope these will ensure that our ‘front door’ is always open and welcoming to everyone who wants to work with NICE.

    You can access our new proposals: ‘Improving how patients and the public can help develop NICE guidance and standards’ here. Our consultation is now open for comments and will run until 28 February 2017.

    To find out more about the review, take a look at our Head of Public Involvement’s blog ‘Moonlighting for the Thought Police.

  • Specialised commissioning consultation launched [Closes 15 Jan 2017]

    NHS England has today launched a consultation on four related policies that describe how NHS England will make decisions on funding for treatments that are not currently routinely commissioned.

    The four policies are: in-year service developments, individual funding requests, funding experimental and unproven treatments, and continuing funding after clinical trials.

    The public consultation, which launches today, will be open for 12 weeks and will ensure the policies help NHS England make the most effective, sustainable and fair use of its finite resources.  The key themes of the consultation findings and feedback will be published on the NHS England website.