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Closing date: 31-03-2020

The CCG jointly commissioned voluntary and community sector organisations in the city, jointly with the local authority, to reach and hear from groups and communities who are less likely to be involved through our other engagement routes.

These projects were known as the “ECHO” projects (Engagement with Council and Health Organisations)

These communities are:

  • Older people –  (aged 75+, those who are isolates, those in senior housing and care homes)
  • Young people aged 16-25
  • Carers and parent carers
  • Disabled people
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people
  • Adults with learning disabilities (Speak Out hold regular focus groups to gather feedback)
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic people
  • Gypsies, Roma and travellers

We have commissioned this work for a number of years and have a wide range of intelligence and feedback; all reports include recommendations for change, which are tracked for action and impact.

As some of the case studies in the reports may mean that members of these communities are identifiable, we do not make the reports publicly available; however, they can be shared on request, and they are used to inform our planning and commissioning work.

See a list of ECHO reports; commissioners can request copies of these reports by emailing

The following is an example of an ECHO project set around the NHS Long Term Plan: