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Listening to Seldom Heard Voices

We know that children, young people and adults with very different communication or sensory needs are not always heard from when the NHS and other organisations plan or change services and support. This might be because they cannot come to meetings or tell people what they think in the same ways other people can.


NHS England have commissioned Speakup and Sheffield Sparkle to work with 14 people from this seldom heard group, to find out what they think about:

  • Health inequalities

  • Reducing inpatient numbers

  • Developing new service frameworks for Children and Young People (key working, intensive community support)

Speakup and Sheffield Sparkle will:

  • Find solutions that would support people with seldom heard voices to be part of NHS England’s future plans.

  • Make recommendations to Sustainable Transformation Partnerships/Integrated Care Systems and regions to make sure peoples voices and views are heard in the future.

  • Make recommendations for approaches for future work to make sure NHS England co-produce their work.

This work will happen between March 2020 and March 2021.

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