Use the buttons below to get involved in engagement and consultations currently taking place across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Commissioning reform across Lancashire and South Cumbria
The eight CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria are working in partnership to deliver more integrated care for local people.
This work aims to create a focus for the health and care system to work very differently, agreeing plans to improve the whole population’s health, using partnerships to improve the quality of health services and bringing the system back into financial balance.
Commissioning leaders have a clear intention of building on the best work undertaken with our partners to improve health and join up health and care services and community assets in neighbourhoods, five local health and care partnerships (Central Lancashire, Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay, Pennine Lancashire and West Lancashire) and across the whole of Lancashire and South Cumbria.
A period of formal engagement is underway with local member practices, CCG staff and other stakeholders including providers, local authorities, Healthwatch and patient/public groups to consider options for changes to NHS commissioning in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Following the engagement process, and taking account of any feedback received, it is clear that any decisions regarding reforming Clinical Commissioning Groups can only be made by the member GP practices. Our plan at this stage would be to hold such a vote in each CCG in May 2020.
It is envisaged that any application would be submitted to NHS England in September 2020, with the potential for a single CCG for Lancashire and South Cumbria being fully established on 1 April 2021.
A case for change document is available and is the basis for local discussions. This is a technical NHS document intended to begin an engagement process with GP members, partner organisations and other stakeholders of the eight CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Clinical Policy Engagement
Not all treatments and medications are routinely funded by the NHS. This is because the effectiveness of certain procedures and medications can vary amongst patients and in some cases do more harm than good.
This means that NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), as local guardians and commissioners of the NHS, must make decisions about which healthcare services it will and will not routinely provide under the NHS in its area.
In order to provide the best care and treatment and to make best of use of its limited resources, each CCG has developed clinical policies, which it uses to make these decisions. The clinical policies identify the treatments that will not normally be provided and where prior approval is often needed before such treatments can take place.
The eight Clinical Commissioning Groups in Lancashire are working together to review their clinical policies. They are seeking to make clinical decisions consistent and fair across Lancashire. As part of this process clinical policies are being amended and updated and brought into line wherever possible across the CCGs.
Click on the links below to read more about current and previous clinical engagement undertaken by Morecambe Bay CCG.