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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

A consultation to inform an update of the NHS Constitution

We Asked:
How the NHS Constitution could be updated to better reflect changes to policy, and therefore make the NHS Constitution more meaningful to patients and staff. These changes included reflecting; • a more transparent and accessible NHS; • Sir Robert Francis QC’s recommendations from his Inquiry Report; • a series of fundamental standards; • a greater prominence on mental health; and • the Armed Forces Covenant.
You Said:
Overall you agreed with our proposals. You often highlighted the importance of their inclusion in a revised version of the NHS Constitution, particularly in light of the failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. However, at times you felt that we could improve the clarity of certain additions, and provide further information on what each addition entails.
We Did:
We have published our Government response outlining amendments made to the proposals as a result of the public consultation, alongside updated versions of both the NHS Constitution, and Handbook to the NHS Constitution. Where applicable, we have explained the rationale behind each amendment, and provided further clarity and information on each addition within the Handbook.

Liberating the NHS: Greater choice and control

We Asked:
How the White Paper commitments might be implemented - seeking views on: • proposals to extend choice of provider and treatment in planned hospital care, maternity, mental health, end of life and long term conditions. • what needs to be done to achieve a culture change and make shared decision-making the norm • the information, support and infrastructure needed to achieve the vision of informed, empowered patients making personal choices
You Said:
The majority of respondents approved our broad proposals for extending choice and control and generally agreed with proposals to encourage and extend advance care planning and personal care planning. A recurring theme was the need to give patients appropriate information and support in order for them to make an informed choice. Patient and patient-groups stated that there was a need for healthcare professional culture to change to ensure "no decision about me, without me" becomes a reality
We Did:
We have published Liberating the NHS: Greater Choice and control - A summary of responses. This includes detailed feedback from patients, the wider public, third sector and other organisations, healthcare professionals and the NHS. The feedback has informed a shorter, further consultation, Liberating the NHS: No decision about me, without me - Further consultation on proposals to secure shared decision-making. Documents available at http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/05/choice-consultation

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.