As a patient-focused organisation, it’s important that we hear your views on our proposed changes to podiatry services, adult hearing services, supply of medicines, procedures of limited clinical value and community inpatient services.
We are keen to make sure that services for local people offer the best care possible, in the most appropriate place, at the right time. It is also our responsibility to prioritise services for those most at need and ensure that we make the best use of every public penny we spend. So, we have recently assessed at a number of services where we thought we could refine our offer to patients.
Your opinion counts
Our Public Consultation, which runs from for 8 weeks from 1st February until 29th March 2017, is seeking your views on proposals for changes to:
There is national clinical guidance for many of these services and we want to make sure that we both meet the most current guidance and offer appropriate and timely services to our patients.
Our proposals have been developed with clinicians and have been refined following a number of pre-consultation discussions with clinicians and some patient /public groups. A formal public consultation is the next step in this discussion.
How to have your say
Your opinion really counts and we need your feedback on our ideas. You can complete the survey here.
You can also download a full copy of the consultation document here and use our freepost address to send back the survey at the end of the document.
Protecting important services
The proposals have been carefully chosen to ensure that the CCG continues to prioritise those services that deliver the greatest health gain for local people.
Sometimes commissioning healthcare for a whole population means proposing a difficult approach in order to make best use of resources and enable best care to be available. In this consultation, we propose stopping some services being routinely available, and putting in place stricter criteria for accessing other services.
We believe that this approach will mean that we can protect the most important services so that they can be available when people need them, whilst at the same time continuing to live within our financial means. Now we want your views on these proposals.
What we're hearing so far
We are now at the mid-way point in our 8-week consultation and have produced a summary engagement report, which captures what we have been hearing so far and pulls together this feedback into themes. You can read the report here.
Thank you for taking time to respond to our consultation and for your valued input into helping us get this right.