Engaging People

Engaging People is a project funded by the NHS to support more people and communities to get involved and have a say in the future development of healthcare services across the Bradford and Craven District.

Our aims:

  • To include and involve larger numbers of people in the development of future healthcare services, particularly those who are underrepresented
  • To gather better information from people about what they think of current healthcare services, listen to their personal experiences and find out what’s important to them
  • To use this information in longer-term plans and decisions about the future of healthcare services across the Bradford District

By involving people in decisions about their healthcare we hope to improve the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

We will be using a variety of methods: one to one questionnaires, focus groups, events, training and peer mentoring to support groups and individuals in sharing their voices and helping shape future health provision. 

For further information, please contact the Engaging People Project Lead, Laila Ahmed,, the Engaging People Support Officer, Yazmin Shah at or call 01274 305045.


During 2018 the Engaging People team supported the local NHS with the following engagement:

  • Carers Survey
  • Over the Counter (OTC) Medicines
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence
  • Engagement and Conversations

2019 Engagement on preparing for end of life care

Throughout May and June Engaging People will be speaking to people across the district about their feelings towards preparing for end of life. We would be grateful for your support in sharing the information below about the focus groups and survey we’re running with your networks and communities. We will also be promoting these via social media, so please look out for posts from NHS Bradford District and Craven, CNet, HALE and BTM and share if you can.

Preparing for end of life care

Have you ever talked about end of life care and what would be important to you?

Bradford and Craven’s health and care providers want to make sure that everyone in our district receives high quality care at the end of their life.

To get this right, they want to understand people’s feelings about preparing for end of life.

The Engaging People team is running small discussion groups to listen to your thoughts, which will help to inform a new local plan for end of life care. There is also an online survey for you to share your views in your own time.

If you can’t make any of the group sessions, the online survey can be completed at until 1 July 2019. If you would like a paper copy and a freepost envelope instead please contact

CNet Engaging People Team will be delivering  focus groups at the following places:

  • Ilkley Good Neighbours
  • Mary Magdalene Church
  • Anand Group
  • United Sikh Association
  • Women’s Zone
  • New Horizons
  • Open House
  • Older & Wilder
  • Bradford Deaf Community Association
  • Sharing Voices


Skills Development - What a good day looks like 24.09.19 (pdf - 765Kb)

Women's Health Network

The mission of the Women’s Health Network (WHN) is to improve the health and wellbeing of women and their families.

The forum consists of a collective of women living or working in Bradford who have an interest in issues affecting women and their families, with an emphasis on engaging with seldom heard voices.

The WHN provides a space for women to:

  • Share their experiences about current health services
  • Explore barriers to accessing health services
  • Contribute to and have a positive impact upon improving health services
  • Learn more about what services are available and how to use them
  • Ensure they get the information they need to keep themselves and their families healthy
  • To improve the health and wellbeing of people living and working in the district through effective partnership working
  • Influence policy, planning, service design and delivery of health services

The  WHN Terms of Reference for this forum are currently being revised and will be posted as soon as they have been approved. 

To contact co-chair Michelle Taylor please email

To contact co-chair Masira Hans please email

Menopause Cafes

The WHN is piloting a Menopause Cafes.  An idea which was borne out of discussions from the forum around the lack of information available on the menopause.  Menopause Cafe's aim to increase the awareness of the impact of the menopause on those experiencing it, their friends, colleagues and families. 

A series of Menopause Cafes have been hosted by the The Equity Partnership and Sharing Voices.  The sessions are unstructured and open with free flowing discussions in a confidential space where people can express their views safely. 

More information on the follow up to the pilot will be posted here.

WHN meetings

During the Coronavirus pandemic, as we all adapt to our new ways of working, our WHN meetings will be virtual for the time being.

Upcoming events / meetings:

WHN main meeting
Theme: Gynaecological Awareness
Monday 30 November 2020
10.30 am - 12.00 pm
Online, via Zoom
Contact for Zoom details

WHN Flier Nov 2018 (pdf - 4295Kb)

WHN Minutes June 2018 (pdf - 339Kb)

WHN Minutes Sept 2018 (pdf - 491Kb)

WHN Minutes Dec 2018 (pdf - 471Kb)

WHN Minutes Mar 2019 (pdf - 569Kb)

WHN Minutes May 2019 (pdf - 520Kb)

WHN Minutes August 2019 (pdf - 452Kb)

Hate Crime Alliance presentation Aug 2019 (pdf - 871Kb)

Bradford Hospitals Charity presentation Aug 2019 (pdf - 5634Kb)

Breast Awareness research summary Aug 2019 (pdf - 620Kb)

BiB Act Early flyer Aug 2019 (pdf - 141Kb)

Period Cafe Aug 2019 (pdf - 585Kb)

WHN Cancer Screening Event Summary (pdf - 13Kb)

WHN Mins Nov 2019 (pdf - 586Kb)

WHN Mins Feb 2020 (pdf - 553Kb)

Isla Skinner presentation Feb 2020 (pdf - 1464Kb)

WHN Mins July 2020 (pdf - 511Kb)

WHN Mins Sept 2020 (pdf - 384Kb)

Bradford District and Craven Maternity Voices Partnership

For more information on the Bradford District and Craven Maternity Voices Partnership click here

During the Coronavirus pandemic, as we all adapt to our new ways of working, our meetings will be virtual for the time being.

Upcoming events / meetings:

Birth Story Cafe - part of Bradford Baby Week.
Monday 9 November 2020
2.00 - 3.30 pm
Online, via Zoom
More details here.

MVP main meeting
Thursday 10 December 2020
10.30 am - 12.00 pm
Online, via Zoom
Contact for Zoom details

Guidelines issued by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on COVID-19 and pregnancy:

MVP postcard (pdf - 161Kb)

Perinatal Referral Form Jan 2019 (pdf - 82Kb)

MVP Minutes Main Meeting June 2019 (pdf - 415Kb)

Breast Feeding Clinics Nov 2019 (pdf - 55Kb)

MVP Birth Story Cafe Event Summary (pdf - 13Kb)

MVP Voluntary Sector Meeting Feb 2020 (pdf - 368Kb)

MVP Main Meeting Nov 2019 (pdf - 395Kb)

MVP Voluntary Sector Meeting Feb 2019 (pdf - 512Kb)

MVP Voluntary Sector Meeting Sept 2020 (pdf - 381Kb)

MVP Main Meeting Oct 2020 (pdf - 518Kb)

Building Capacity and Skills Development

Throughout late Summer, Autumn and Winter we delivered a series of development and engagement sessions around health, for the VCS and individuals.

Transform your health with Poetry, Prose and Passion:

Wednesday 26 September 10am - 12noon

Communicating Confidently

  • Speaking Up and Telling Your Story - Thursday 20 September 2018, 10am - 12pm @ CNet
  • Facilitation Skills - Wednesday 7 November 2018, 10am @ CNet
  • Whose Narrative - January 2019 (TBC)

Finding Your Voice

Six week programme delivered with Bradford Community Broadcasting.  Further information to follow.

Skills Audit Form

See below.

Engaging People Skills Audit Form (pdf - 79Kb)