TitleSheffield Community Health Council
AdminHistoryCommunity Health Councils (CHCs) were established in 1974 under the NHS Reorganisation Act 1973 (section 9) and by the NHS (Community Health Councils) Regulations 1973. They were government-funded local bodies with the aim to review operations of the NHS locally, undertake visits to service points, recommend improvements and report back on findings to meetings of the CHC.

DHSS circular of May 1974 stated that it was also the task of CHCs to represent the opinions of the users of the Health Service. Secretaries were to maintain links with every section of the community, to attend meetings of voluntary associations, have regular contacts with trade unions and other types of local organisation and generally to collect views about the working of local health services.

There were originally three CHCs in Sheffield, matching the three districts of Sheffield Area Health Authority: Northern, Central and Southern. In 1978, following a 'redistricting' exercise, the Central district, and the Central CHC were abolished; and in 1982 the remaining two CHCs were merged into one following further reorganisation of the NHS which abolished Area Health Authorities.

CHCs were disbanded on 1 December 2003 and were replaced by the Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS), the Independent Complaints and Advocacy Services (ICAS), Patients' Forums, the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH) and the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC)
Description Northern Sheffield Community Health Council
NHS30/1/1 Minutes, 1974 - 1982
NHS30/1/2 Annual reports, 1975 - 1982

Central Sheffield Community Health Council
NHS30/2/1 Minutes, 1974 - 1978
NHS30/2/2 Annual reports, 1975 - 1978

Southern Sheffield Community Health Council
NHS30/3/1 Minutes, 1974 - 1982
NHS30/3/2 Annual reports, 1975 - 1980

Sheffield Community Health Council
NHS30/4/1 Minutes, 1992 - 2003
NHS30/4/2 Meeting papers, 1994 - 1995
NHS30/4/3 Executive Committee, 1994 - 2003
NHS30/4/4 Joint Meetings, 1997 - 1999
NHS30/4/5 Annual reports, 1983 - 2003
NHS30/4/6 Consultation responses and reports, 1988 - 2000
NHS30/4/7 Community Care Working Group, [1991] - 2000
NHS30/4/8 Primary Care Working Group, 1994 - 2000
NHS30/4/9 Community and Primary Care Working Group, 2000 - 2002
NHS30/4/10 Secondary and In-patient Services Working Group, 1994 - 2000
NHS30/4/11 Consultation and Liaison Groups, 1999 - 2000
Date1974 - 2003
Extent69 items
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