Consultations in East Sussex

Find and participate in consultations in East Sussex. Your responses will help us make decisions on planning, delivering and evaluating services.  

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Open Consultations

  • Ringmer Swimming Pool Consultation on Future Options

    This consultation seeks views concerning the Pool’s future from local residents; the Academy’s staff and pupils, and pupils’ parents/carers; and any other stakeholders. Respondents are specifically invited to provide their views on the alternative options of (a) closing the Pool... More

    Closes 15 August 2022

  • Tackling illegal drug use in Hastings and St Leonards

    Project ADDER is a Government initiative to help the police, local authorities, health, and other partners work together to reduce drug-related deaths, offending and the prevalence of drug use. The ADDER funding awarded to Hastings will help to reduce the supply of drugs, increase the... More

    Closes 21 August 2022

  • Give us your views on NHS Health Check's point of care testing machines

    Currently in East Sussex the vast majority of GP providers of the NHS Health Checks programme use dual testing machines, testing both cholesterol and HbA1c. From this online survey we are looking to gain views from general practice on using cholesterol only testing during an NHS Health Check.... More

    Closes 31 August 2022

  • What did you think of summer school?

    We'd like to hear about what your favourite part of summer school was and how you feel now. More

    Closes 31 August 2022

  • MHST Webinar Feedback Form

    Thank you for attending one of the following webinars for Parents and Carers: Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Supporting Children and Young People with Low Mood Supporting Children and Young People with Anxiety Supporting Children and Young People with... More

    Closes 31 August 2022

Closed Consultations

  • Rother Parking Review 2021-22 - informal consultation

    We receive many requests for new or changes to existing parking and waiting restrictions in Rother district. To manage these and make effective use of our budgets we have a priority ranking system. All requests are considered and locations given the highest priority are progressed as part of our... More

    Closed 12 August 2022

  • Heathfield Leisure Centre Consultation on Future Options - Public

    This consultation seeks views concerning the future of Heathfield Leisure Centre (“the Leisure Centre”) from local residents; staff and pupils at Heathfield Community College ("the College”), and pupils’ parents/carers; and any other stakeholders. As explained... More

    Closed 9 August 2022

  • Recruitment elearning 2

    The new e-learning module has been designed to give the reader a good understanding of the basic recruitment process stages, their responsibilities as a hiring manager and to highlight the importance of an inclusive recruitment process. More

    Closed 8 August 2022

  • Share your views on the East Sussex Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

    We want to know what you think about our assessment of the needs of the population of East Sussex for pharmacy services. How to take part Our Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) sets out local services, any gaps and recommendations. The draft PNA will be shared with... More

    Closed 30 July 2022

  • Assessment and Moderation KS1/2 2022 - a survey for schools

    The East Sussex Assessment Task Group (ATG) wants to gather the views of schools on the 2022 assessment and moderation arrangements across the county. The Assessment Task Group (ATG) was created to ensure that the local authority discharges its statutory responsibilities to assessment... More

    Closed 30 July 2022

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We consulted between September and October 2021 with both registered and non-registered users of the East Sussex Health Promotion Resources Service on stopping the provision of hard copy health promotion resources. A total of 15 people took part in the consultation, with the majority having a mixed or negative view on the proposal. The main concerns centred on future access to only downloadable resources, and  we have been working since the consultation closed to explore the impact of our proposal in more detail through the completion of an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA). This was discussed at the Inclusion Advisory Group and shared with the Senior Management Team. They made the decision to go ahead with our plan, due to the resource implications of continuing to provide hard copy resources that are infrequently ordered and have limited use. 

What we were proposing

Before 1 April 2022, registered users of the East Sussex Health Promotion Resource Service (HPRS) have been able to order free hard copy health promotion resources across a range of subject areas for delivery.

Our proposal was that, from that date, we stop offering hard copy health promotion resources to registered users, and instead only offer resources in online access or download formats – with exceptions for hard copies of locally produced fuel poverty resources, as these continue to be ordered in large numbers. 

These proposals were based on:

  • changes in how society accesses information and resources since the HPRS was introduced in 2014;
  • increased use by health promotion professionals of signposting to online information, downloadable resources, and social media;
  • a consistent decrease, since 2018/19, in the number of registered users placing orders and the number of hard copy resources they have ordered; and
  • the ongoing challenge of hosting a hard copy health promotion catalogue whose resources are kept up-to-date as national guidance and evidence changes.

You said

A public consultation on the proposed changes was conducted in September 2021. Of the 15 responses received, most (12) were submitted by registered Health Promotion Access Catalogue (HPAC) users.

Although the number of respondents was small, it was clear that people’s preferences were varied. Asked how they typically shared health promotion information and resources with the people they worked with, the most common method selected by respondents was to ‘give or post them hard copy resources’. However, ‘signposting by email to online/downloadable resources’ was the respondents’ preferred method of sharing health promotion information with people.

Things were similarly mixed when people were asked about the proposal itself. Of 15 who answered, 3 were positive, 5 had mixed views, 6 viewed it negatively, and 1 was neutral. In addition, opinion was split evenly between those who felt their health promotion work would be affected either negatively by the proposal, and those who had mixed views or felt neutral.

Concerns from current service users centred on how easy it would be to share resources with clients or patients who may have limited or no digital access, including older people and those with disabilities. Positive comments reflected how some services had already changed the way they share health promotion information by not giving out hard copy leaflets, working in a much more ‘online-focused’ way. Should they need to, these services could download and print off downloadable material for specific individuals.

We did

The consultation findings were shared in December 2021 with the Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG). In doing so, it was noted that 12 HPAC users took part (out of a total of 225 individually registered who were invited). The IAG summary report also noted a consistent decrease in the number of registered users placing orders, and in the number of hard copy resources being ordered (other than for locally produced fuel poverty resources). Mitigating actions were included in relation to the potential impact on older people, those with a disability, those whose first language is not English, and those who may have limited or no digital access.  IAG did not raise any direct concerns and endorsed the proposal.

Following the IAG meeting a paper was presented to the Senior Management Team and the decision made to move ahead with the proposed service changes, including the mitigating actions   

Since 1 April 2022, ordering of hard copy resources has stopped for registered HPAC users., with the exception of locally produced fuel poverty resources, and a small selection of leaflets aimed at older people which are still available to order via the HPAC website.

The HPRS catalogue has been reviewed and appropriate validated downloadable resources have been added as alternatives to replace the removed hard copy resources. The catalogue will continue to list a collection of high quality, validated, health promotion resources in download or web access format to support health promotion work.

To address the concerns raised in the consultation, our Equality Impact Assessment recommended that we:

  • Encourage HPACT users to continue placing orders for hard copy health promotion resources up until 31 March 2022. Subject to availability, additional orders could be placed during this period.
  • Ensure HPAC catalogue listings will include (where available from validated sources) current, evidence-based resources suitable for people with disabilities, including British Sign Language, links to audio books, videos, podcasts, and easy read downloads. 
  • Provide descriptions of downloadable or web accessible resources on HPAC to indicate whether the information is available in other accessible formats or languages.
  • Retain a small selection of the top 3 resources listed and ordered from HPAC which particularly focus on topics/issues specific to older people. Monitor the orders (by organisation and volume) over a period of 3 months to determine the level of demand for these resources and whether there is a viable business case to continue their provision.

We asked

East Sussex County Council worked with a range of health, care and voluntary sector partners, to conduct a joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and other sexual and gender identity minorities (LGBTQ+). We wanted to understand LGBTQ+ local people’s experiences of health, accessing local services and about how COVID-19 has impacted them.

The findings from the survey that formed part of the needs assessment will help us improve services locally.

You said

We did

The JSNA made a wide range of recommendations. These included further engagement with LGBTQ+ communities, to increase the knowledge and uptake of a range of services and to collect further insight on how these communities experience these services. A number of recommendations are also outlined, aimed at increasing inclusion and awareness of LGBTQ+ people and their needs in a wide range of health and care services. The report also made five specific recommendations on Trans healthcare. Finally, recommendations were made in relation to increasing the monitoring and data collection of LGBTQ+ people in services.

We asked

Over the summer we consulted on our plans for sexual health services in East Sussex ready for the new contract in October 2022.

The aim was to make sure that the proposed service model would provide easy access to services that meet people’s needs. It was important to hear people’s views as the service model has changed significantly in the last few years due to digital innovation and COVID-19.

You said

People were concerned that some groups of people may find it more difficult to access the service. 

We did

In response to the consultation feedback, the service specification has been adapted to allow two drop-in triage clinics for all ages at each clinic site in Hastings and in Eastbourne. This is in recognition of people who are digitally excluded, do not have phones, or rely on limited phone credit or are genuinely unable to access their GP.