Consult and Challenge Group

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Welcome to Consult and Challenge! We are a co-production group working primarily within the boundaries of Southampton City, in order to build equal working relationships between Service Users and service providers. We engage and work with those public servants tasked with the healthy and effective running of the city. Our distinctive diversity and friendly, yet focussed attitude, provides an effective platform to work from.

We all have different backgrounds and experiences, and champion the idea that people are all ‘experts by experience’. We are based at SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living and generally meet once a month.

People talking at a Consult and Challenge Group meeting

Some of the things we have worked on recently include designing a permission to share form as a simple way for Service Users to communicate health and social care needs to the right people. The form means that the Service User chooses who does and doesn’t have access to their confidential information. We have also worked with the local Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a Service User friendly website.

Get involved

We are always looking for new members who are looking for new challenges and want to make a real difference. So if you like the idea of what we are doing and want to get involved please get in touch.


When do you have your Consult & Challenge meetings?

Full member Consult & Challenge meetings occur on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Smaller sub-group meetings are arranged by the sub-group members themselves.

Is there parking available on site?

There are a limited number of parking spaces at Unity 12 (advance booking essential). However, visitors can use the public car park at the Common on Cemetery Road, which is a short walk away from Unity 12 (at the end of Lodge Road, turn right onto The Avenue (A33) and Cemetery Road is on the left after about 0.2 miles, immediately after Northlands Road). Parking is free for the first 4 hours, or £6 for the whole day. Alternatively, there is some parking on Rose Road for Blue Badge and permit holders for a maximum of 2 hours*

*If you do park on the road, a fully mobile person can easily move a vehicle to an adjacent road during the 10 minute, mid-meeting break, and still have time to get a cup of tea!

Who can join Consult & Challenge?

Membership is predominantly for Southampton residents, and those who access the city’s Health and Social Care services, however in certain cases Hampshire residents are accepted onto the group’s membership. We also have representation on the membership from both Southampton City Council and Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group.

Do you cover expenses?

Yes. All reasonable travel costs are paid. For more details please speak to the facilitator.

Further information

If you want to find out more about what we do, you can read or download the notes from our monthly meetings from the links below:

March 2015
February 2015
January 2015

November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014