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Engaging people

                                            and communities

                                            We are committed to putting patients, people who use                              Proposals to restrict access to fertility and sterilisation services
                                            services, carers and the wider public at the centre of                            Between November 2017 and January 2018 we asked patients, the public and professionals to share their views
                                            everything we do.                                                                 on our proposals to restrict access to fertility treatment and stop funding vasectomies and sterilisations in all but
                                                                                                                              exceptional circumstances. We received over 1,100 responses to the consultation, including 138 face-to-face
                                                                                                                              conversations during ‘street consultations’, focus groups and 1:1 discussions with groups including sixth formers
                                            Here are two examples of consultations we carried out in 2017/18:                 at a local school.

                                            Review of community mental health services - jointly led by                       The final decision, on the basis of public feedback and cost risks, was to continue to fund vasectomies. Similarly,
                                            the CCG and Council                                                               women can still access NHS-funded sterilisations if they have explored alternative forms of contraception. With
                                            Between May and August 2017 we asked for people’s views of community              regard to fertility services, the Board balanced public feedback with clinical evidence on IVF success rates and
                                            mental health services and how they think they could be improved. To              the CCG’s financial position. Most of the proposals were adopted, with the exception of the women’s age
                                            ensure we heard the views of young people, we held a focus group at Off           requirement. You can read more on our website:
                                            the Record and promoted the survey via universities and Bath Area Play

                                            We had more than 60 face-to-face meetings and focus groups and
                                            received over 100 responses to tailored surveys from people who use                                     Three-quarters of people                                 Two-thirds of people disagreed
                                            services, carers, service providers and primary care professionals.                                     disagreed with our proposal to                           with our proposal to stop
                                                                                                                                                    stop funding male vasectomies                            funding female sterilisation
                                            You can read our engagement report for phase one of the review on our

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