The Changing NHS and Your CCG, Stephanie Belgeonne
The Changing NHS and Your CCG Stephanie Belgeonne Joint Director of Communications and Engagement
How has the NHS changed?• Primary Care Trusts are closing in 2013• GPs have formed Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)• To support these new CCGs and strengthen health and social care services, when also having to make significant efficiency savings, the current PCTs and local councils have formed the Birmingham and Solihull Cluster• As the NHS continues to change, new strategic bodies are being set up offering more opportunities to get involved.
New strategic bodiesThe Health and Wellbeing Board will:Promote public health, health improvements and tackle health inequalitiesStrengthen relationships between health and social care, agree priorities and encourage commissioners to work in a more joined up way.help give communities a greater say in understanding and addressing their health and social care needs.The National Commissioning Board will: ensure that the NHS delivers better outcomes for patients andcommunities within its available resources.Provide clinical leadership and support to CCGsInvolve patients & the public and promote choice
Opportunities in this new environmentThe changing NHS creates opportunities across the system to: – redefine relationships between GPs, other clinicians, partners, patients, carers and the local community – Move decision making closer to the patient – focus on outcomes - the impact of health care – increase patient and public influence through getting involved in patient and CCG groups, LINk and Healthwatch – improve peoples health and well being – Promote better healthcare, social care and health improvement together with Health and Wellbeing Boards and the National Commissioning Board
What does this mean for your CCG?Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be responsible for:• commissioning health care services to meet the needs of their patients• managing the funding to provide the quality services that their patients need and to improve the health and well being of their local population• meeting the challenges of achieving significant efficiency savings whilst keeping a firm grip on quality and improvement.• involving patients and local people in the planning and commissioning of services – ‘no decision about me without me’
What does this mean for you?Although the NHS is changing, we are still committed to ensuring that you have the opportunity to get involved and influence the planning and development of your health servicesYou can influence your CCG’s decision making at different levels: •Patient Participation Groups •CCG Patient Reference Groups •CCG BoardsLINks and Healthwatch can strengthen the local voice to inform service changesWe hope you will use the range of opportunities to get involved and tell us yourconcerns, ideas and experiences to help us continually improve local services inways that matter to you and your community.