We held a series of public involvement activities to talk to local people about the Left Shift Blueprint (LSBP).
Brief description of the project
The LSBP is a plan that outlines how we will invest our resources over the next five years in order to achieve the ‘Left Shift’ in Leeds. By the Left Shift we mean:
- Supporting people to stay well
- Reducing health inequalities
- Providing more healthcare in community settings
- Focusing on what matters to people
This involvement builds on previous work with local people to tackle health inequalities, including a public event in August 2020: https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/your-views/health-inequalities-deliberative-event/
This event gave local people an opportunity to explore and discuss the LSBP. The event was planned and delivered by QA Research.
Who did we speak to?
QA Research recruited 80 people to represent the Leeds population. This included a mix of people from different areas and different cultural backgrounds.
What and how did we ask?
We introduced the LSBP and described how we have used public feedback to develop the project to date. We asked people about:
- Their general thoughts on our plan
- How they think the wider public can support the ‘left shift’
- How we can communicate our plans to the wider public
- How we can continue to involve local people in this work
We used a series of focus groups and interviews to find out what people thought.
What did people tell us?
People told us that:
- They need more information on why and how services work together
- Patient experience, waiting times and health outcomes are important to them
- They need more information about health inequalities
- The name ‘Left Shift Blueprint’ is difficult to understand
- They need more information about this new approach
What did we do?
There are nine recommendations in the report. We will outline how we are responding to these recommendations here: The recommendations report will be uploaded once available
How can you help?
You can help us by using the right service at the right time, please click on the link to read our guide to supporting your NHS here: https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/support-your-nhs-your-guide-to-helping-us-help-you/