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Phase 2 Path to Excellence - Could you help by holding a focus group? Payment available


Phase Two of Path to Excellence is looking at how hospital services in South Tyneside and Sunderland can provide the best possible care for people who need emergency hospital-based care, as well as how to best organise planned hospital care for people who need a test, scan or operation.

An updated ‘Draft Case for Change’ document for Phase Two of Path to Excellence was published in February 2019 as NHS partners set out the process of developing ideas and shared their ‘working ideas’ so far from frontline clinical teams. A formal public consultation into Phase Two is now expected to take place during 2020.

Since early 2018, involvement work has seen over 15,900 people respond so far with their views, all of which will be used as clinicians look to form further ideas in the process.

How to get involved

It is very important that the Path to Excellence Team hear a range of views from patients and their families and carers, the public, staff, stakeholders and wider partners.

They are keen to hear from you if you are interested in running a small focus group session to ask your service users what is most important to them when accessing and receiving hospital care.

This work will help ensure your service users and volunteers are able to influence the ideas which are taken forward for formal public consultation expected later in 2020.

They are particularly interested in talking to:

  • Older people aged 65+ and 75+
  • Patients with long term health conditions (such as heart disease or breathing problems, or diabetes) and their families and carers

They are also keen to hear from people with an interest in the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010 that includes:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity.

Small group sessions

Focus group sessions will need to take place by Friday 29 November with data provided back to the Path to Excellence programme by Wednesday 4 December 2019.  They will be able to provide:

  • A focus group toolkit and support where needed on how to run an effective focus group
  • Payment of £200-£300 plus reasonable event expenses


Register here

For booking enquiries or help with registrations please contact Vicky.Wilson4@nhs.net.

More information

For more info please contact emma.taylor79@nhs.net or visit Path to Excellence running a focus group



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