Dear NHS Citizen,
We are pleased to announce that the full reports of the NHS
Citizen Assembly and Citizens’ Jury are now available to download and view online. The reports provide an account of the discussions that took place at both events, as well providing detail about
their purpose, structure and outcomes.
Jury was a two day event held in Stoke on Trent at which
fifteen randomly selected members of the local population discussed which topics should be taken forward to the NHS Citizen Assembly in the following month.
After careful consideration, the jurors voted for the following
topics to go forward to the NHS Citizen Assembly:
- Support for people with dementia post-diagnosis
- Comprehensive psychosocial approaches to mental health
- Improving health outcomes for looked after children and young
- Transparency in Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) decision
- Preventing premature deaths
The NHS Citizen
Assembly was a one day event held in East London featuring
over 200 participants, at which citizens discussed five topics relating to healthcare in England with representatives from NHS England, including members of the NHS England board. The discussions at
the event were focused on establishing what citizens considered the current situation to be, what an improved situation might look like and what steps might be taken to get from the current situation
to the improved one.
The discussions at the Citizen Assembly were notable for the
diversity of thought and the wealth of ideas and perspectives voiced. Despite this, several themes did emerge strongly across many of the groups:
- People are broadly positive about the quality of services, but want
there to be more information about what services are on offer and want services to be more universally available.
- People want their journeys through care to
be simpler and better coordinated.
- People want health services to place a greater emphasis
- People want health services to aspire to improve people’s overall
health, rather than just to cure specific conditions.
- People want more information and choice regarding the kind of
treatments they receive.
- People believe there needs to be more education about health
and the health and social care system – and that better education will make many other positive changes possible.
- Many non-clinical elements of care are best provided by either by family, the community or
by voluntary organisations.
The NHS Citizen Team