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Local consultations


Nottinghamshire County Council Consultation on Services from 2020


Nottinghamshire County Council is currently looking at Public Health services and would like your help to shape what will be provided from 2020 onwards.  We want to make it as easy as possible for people to use these services and get the information they need to be physically and emotionally healthy - There are two different ways you can have your say;


By completing a 10 minute online survey

Or attending one of our consultation events:


25 July 2pm - 4.30pm, John Fretwell Sporting Complex, Mansfield      Book Here

25 July 5pm - 7.30pm,  John Fretwell Sporting Complex, Mansfield    Book Here



Nottingham City CCG launch engagement activity to talk to patients about over the counter medicine on prescription for minor illnesses


Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are asking Nottingham residents to share their views on proposals in an engagement campaign which will run over a four week period from Monday 2 July to Monday 30. Minor illnesses are those which can be treated with self-care and over the counter medicines, which are medicines you can buy in a supermarket, shop or pharmacy. A minor ailment might be a cold, headache, sore throat, hay fever etc.


In the last financial year (2017/18) Nottingham City GPs spent £1,393,513 prescribing over the counter medicines for short term illnesses. Following a recent Government consultation, and in line with the subsequent national guidance, the CCG is proposing that patients with minor ailments are provided with advice on how to self-care and asked to purchase medicines themselves over the counter. This would be done through a new set of GP guidelines that would list a range of conditions which would be better directed to self-care rather than medicines prescribed by the NHS  -  see the consultation document for details. The consultation document also details the national exceptions to these guidelines. The patient engagement will run from Monday 2 July to Monday 30 July and people can have their say online at: or you can call 0115 883 9594 to request a printed version or complete over the phone.


You can meet in person at a drop in event on:


Tuesday  24 July 2018

10am - 1pm

Bulwell Riverside, Main Street, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8QJ


For more information:




Additional Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation Consultation

Wednesday 18 July 2018




The Additional Licensing Scheme was introduced in Nottingham on 1st January 2014.  This is a 5 year scheme and is due to finish on the 31st December 2018.  The Council is considering introducing a new scheme of Additional Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (e.g. shared houses), to be implemented from the 1st January 2019.  Additional Licensing along with other measures, is an important tool in raising standards of condition and management in private rented housing.


We are now consulting on the proposed scheme.  The consultation runs from Tuesday 1st May 2018 to Friday 20th July 2018.


Nottingham City Council would like to invite you to a consultation meeting to hear more about the proposed scheme and give you the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 18 July at 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at NCVS on Mansfield Road, Nottingham.


For more information about the proposed scheme including an on line survey, please visit the Additional Licensing for HMO's web page.


To book your place at the consultation meeting click here.




Consultation on the Nottingham 2050 Sustainability Plan


The Nottingham Green Partnership is now consulting on the draft Nottingham 2015 Sustainability Plan and would welcome the views of all Nottingham partners.


The public consultation on Nottingham 2050 is now live and you can access the link below:




Universal Credit Full Service Impact Stakeholder Events


DWP are hosting stakeholder events in September to provide opportunities for feedback on how Universal Credit Full Service will impact on the citizens you work with. If you are interested in attending please contact Jane Simpson at or 0115 9096125.




Working Families Wanted


The Psychology Department at Nottingham Trent University are recruiting people to take part in research. The project is about the daily lives of 'Ordinary Working Families' (those in working households with low to middle incomes and dependents) within their local communities. They are interviewing people about their individual experiences of how households juggle the demands of work and childcare and whether in the area in which they live has an impact on how they manage. Interviews can be arranged at a convenient time and place, and participants will receive a £20 Amazon voucher as a thank you.


To find out more or to participate, please email Fiona Beales on or call 0115 848 4944.




Maternity Voices - could you help to transform maternity care?


Are you someone who really cares about local maternity care services for new and expectant parents?


Healthwatch Nottingham & Nottinghamshire and the Maternity Voices Partnership (Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City) are working together to improve maternity service development. They are keen to hear from people who could help them to collect views and experiences from new mums and their families and then help to share these in a formal environment, with those who plan, fund and deliver care.


For more information or to get involved please call 0115 956 5313 or click here




What do LGBTQ+ groups want in Nottingham?


NCVS is seeking conversations with groups providing activities, services and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. Through the Communities of Identity: Gender and Sexuality Grant Programme (COI), we're doing some initial scoping work to find out the kinds of support that LGBTQ+ groups in Nottingham would like.


We want to hear from as many groups as possible. If your group exists primarily for LGBTQ+ communities, or any part of LGBTQ+ communities, is member/user-led, and open to new people joining from your intended audience, we invite you to tell us what would help you.


The benefits for you could be:


  • Help with funding applications and running costs
  • Access to suitable venues
  • Training and skills-building
  • Better knowledge of other groups you can join, as well as identifying gaps
  • Potential collaborative-working


We also invite you take part in networking and discussions with other LGBTQ+ groups in Nottingham, if you would like to.


NCVS is facilitating this work with a neutral agenda to ensure any LGBTQ+ groups who choose to get involved may do so. Any outcomes will be decided by your conversations with us and with each other.


Please download this flyer (pdf) for further details, and please help to circulate.




Homelessness, Mental Health and Wellbeing in Nottingham City research project


The overall aim of this project is to explore and understand the mental health needs of Nottingham City's homeless population to inform Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group's (NCCCG) efforts to work with local partners to better meet these needs.


The study is being undertaken by a research team at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, based at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), as part of a wider study funded by Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and Nottingham City Council.


Research is being conducted by Dr Kesia Reeve and Dr Sadie Parr.


To help the research team understand the needs and experiences of homeless people with mental health needs they would like to talk with representatives from a range of organisations and services. Are you willing to take part in an interview, either over the telephone or face-to-face, to discuss your views? The interview will take about 30 minutes and can be arranged at your convenience.


Questions will be around the following broad areas:


  • The services available for homeless people with mental health needs in Nottingham.
  • Barriers faced by homeless people in accessing services, treatment and accommodation.
  • Challenges faced by professionals providing services.
  • The nature and extent of inter-agency working.
  • What is working well and where could improvements be made.


All information will be treated confidentially. Individuals and organisations will not be named in research reports. The research has received university ethical approval and the research team will ensure that it meets your own ethical and procedural standards.


Please contact Dr Kesia Reeve (Project Director) on 0114 225 4519 / or Dr Sadie Parr on 0114 225 2904 /




SEA and Dual Diagnosis Forum Welfare Reform and Benefit Survey 2017


The Dual Diagnosis Forum and SEA (Services for Empowerment and Advocacy) are collecting anonymous feedback on the effects that welfare and benefits changes have had on people. Please help to promote this survey with your clients and service users where appropriate.


The survey is being carried out by Glen Jarvis, Service User Involvement Officer at the CDP in partnership with Zoe Bendelow at SEA on behalf of the Nottingham Service User Forums.


They are doing this research to show how welfare and benefits changes in the past three years have impacted on people within Nottingham. The report will be publicly launched and shared locally and online with decision makers and those working with vulnerable people to raise issues and effect policy change.


Some facilitated drop-in sessions are being held to assist people to complete the survey. Please consider giving your feedback or encourage service users/clients to do so. All responses will be anonymous.


An online survey is also available.

Click here to answer the online survey.


For more information, please contact Glen Jarvis ( and Zoe Bendelow (




National consultations


LSE-Lancet Commission on the Future of the NHS


Deadline for Call for Evidence submissions: Monday 30 July 2018


The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and The Lancet have announced a joint Commission to examine the Future of the NHS. Led by the LSE Department of Health Policy, the Commission will run throughout 2018 and will publish its findings, including key policy recommendations, in 2019.


The Commission will focus on the major challenges facing the NHS across the UK, with an emphasis on eight key areas:


  • the NHS and the Wider Economy
  • the Changing Healthcare Needs of the Population
  • Organisational/Structural Challenges
  • Delivering High Quality Services for all
  • Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
  • Public/Patient Involvement and Expectations
  • Securing a Sustainable and Skilled Workforce
  • the Role of Technology and Innovation


Organisations and individuals have an opportunity to submit evidence on any of these eight areas or any other areas around the challenges facing the NHS and innovative solutions to these challenges.


Click here for more information




Big Lottery Refund - has your group lost out?


The Directory of Social Change (DSC) is reminding us all that the Olympic Stadium and other facilities were part paid for by a 'loan' from the lottery that has not been paid back. DSC has called for the £425million borrowed from the Big Lottery Fund to be repaid immediately.


DSC has been running this campaign for several years, and is now stepping up the profile. They are keen to hear from local groups who have lost lottery funding and who this refund could help.


The campaign identifies how much has been taken away from local charities, stating that £425m would have:


  • funded at least 10,000 charities
  • enabled the formation of approximately 1,300 new charities
  • enabled approximately 4,000 charities to continue operating
  • helped over 8 million people


Also that:


  • Nearly 80% of the £425m would have been awarded to small and micro organisations (income less than £10,000 a year), in the form of small grants
  • £425m works out to approximately £650,000 foregone from every MP’s constituency in the country.


If you have something to say about this, go to the Big Lottery Refund website and find out how you can help. You can also email




Independent Inquiry into the future of Civil Society


An independent inquiry into the future of civil society in England was launched at the NCVO Conference on 20 April 2017. This is being chaired by Julia Unwin, and aims to give the sector the tools it needs to address and find solutions to challenges facing society.


Over the next two years the inquiry will explore how the sector can adapt to the changing political and economic landscape, as well as how it can shape the future, so there will be a number of opportunities to get involved.


See the Civil Society Futures website for more information.




Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) Truth Project


The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up to look at the ways in which organisations in England and Wales have failed to protect children from sexual abuse and make recommendations to better protect children in the future.


The IICSA wants to hear from you if:


  • you were sexually abused as a child and
  • you were let down by an organisation that should have protected you.


You can share your views and experiences in a supportive and confidential setting through the Truth Project. You will be listened to with compassion and won't be judged. Your name will not be published or made public. You will be provided with support while you engage with the Truth Project.


To find out more or share your experiences:




What would you like explained about the health and social care system?


The King's Fund is currently seeking ideas on what you'd most like to see explained about the health and social care system. The King's Fund already produces a range of articles, briefings/short reports, explainers, short videos, animations, infographics and other content to explain how the health and care system works.


Have your say on priorities using the short survey here, or tweet using #kfexplain.


You can find existing explainer resources here.




University of Central Lancashire Domestic Abuse Services Survey


You are invited to take part in the UCL survey Domestic Abuse Services in Your Area for professionals who may encounter women and girls who experience domestic violence and abuse in the course of their work.


The Big Lottery Fund’s Women and Girls Initiative is providing grant funding for prominent women’s sector organisations to pilot and evaluate domestic violence and abuse services in your area. We want to find out what local professionals know and think about existing services.


For more information please contact Helen Richardson Foster or Kelly Bracewell at



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