New statutory guidance on public involvement in the planning and development of NHS services

What does it say and what does it mean for NHS organisations planning service changes? Samuel Lindsay explains what you need to know if you are involved in plans, proposals, and decisions regarding NHS services.

NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care have published new guidance, Working in Partnership with People and Communities. It replaces the 2017 statutory guidance for commissioners, the 2008 statutory guidance for trusts and the 2021 Implementation Guidance for Integrated Care Systems.

There are not one but six forewords – including four from Integrated Care Board chief executives.

Supporting you

We think this guidance is probably the best yet. It's lengthy, but accessible, and contains useful, practical advice. But even with this new guidance in hand, some situations may prove particularly difficult to navigate unaided.

We can help you.

Our team of experts are used to working closely with client teams to help them plan and deliver service development programs and public involvement exercises.

We also regularly support NHS organisations when their decisions are challenged.

If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact Samuel Lindsay, Jill Mason or Katrina McCrory.

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