We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We asked

We asked for your feedback on three different ways to provide the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme in Northern Ireland.

You said

We had 268 responses to the questionnaire, with over 80% of responses from our service users, their families or carers.

You told us if you thought each of the options could provide a safe, high quality service.

Those of you living with diabetes told us whether you would be happy to attend each of the options.

You also told us what would be the most important considerations when selecting screening sites.  Whilst this question caused some issues in terms of completion, when we looked at complete answers the most important factors to you were car parking and accessibility.

We did

We analysed all these responses, along with feedback at various events/presentations and letters we received from interested parties.  This full analysis can be found in the consultation report.  As a result we made the following two recommendations

Recommendation 1: Model of service delivery

It is recommended that screening is delivered at fixed sites throughout Northern Ireland.  These should be HSC sites or larger GP sites.  In practice sites are likely to be determined by availability and feasibility of implementation, recognising that access to timely screening is a key requirement for the DESP.

Recommendation 2: Future planning considerations

Accessibility, car parking and public transport links are consistently high ranking criteria for respondents with co-location of services and extended hours of opening appearing relatively less important.  These key factors should be considered when determining screening sites.

These recommendations have now been approved by the Board of the Public Health Agency.  The Screening Team, PHA with now move to put in place a planned implementation process, with a formal project structure to support this.  This will include working in collaboration with the Screening Team in Belfast Trust, Service Users, BSO, HSCB, DoH, LCGs and other HSC Trusts.

We asked

We asked for your views on the future of the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme in Northern Ireland, particularly in relation to options for tariffs for small and medium sized biomass installations.

You said

A total of 258 written responses were received.  The responses provided the Department with a range of information and views, including information from Scheme participants on costs associated with biomass installations, the impact of tariff changes and data on capital costs.

The Department is grateful to those who took the time to respond.

We did

The Department for the Economy has published its Consultation Report which can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/rhi-non-domestic-consultation

The Consultation Report provides an impartial record of the views and information provided by respondents.  It also outlines the Department’s key considerations in identifying its preferred option for the long term payment structure for Non-Domestic RHI Scheme.

The Department will now identify a preferred option for the long-term payment structure.  The Department will then write to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland requesting that she sponsors legislation in Westminster which would give effect to that option (in the absence of a Northern Ireland Assembly).   

We asked

The consultation invited views on the proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Crime Survey.  The consultation period ran from 9 November 2017 to 9 January 2018.

You said

Written responses from 7 organisations/individuals were received.  These included detailed comments on the proposals, as well as suggestions for additional questions and subjects to be added to the questionnaire.

We did

The responses to the consultation were analysed by NISRA statisticians, and discussed by the Project Board, and resulted in a final version of the Year 1 questionnaire.  This questionnaire will ‘go-live’ in April 2018, whilst publications from the new Year 1 questionnaire are anticipated to be available from late 2019.  Work on the Year 2 questionnaire is ongoing.

A detailed response to the consultation, as well as updates on other changes to the Crime Survey can be found at https://www.justice-ni.gov.uk/publications/consultation-changes-northern-ireland-crime-survey-summary-responses.  The final version of the questionnaire is available at https://www.justice-ni.gov.uk/publications/northern-ireland-safe-community-survey-year-one-questionnaire-april-2018.