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.
We are now seeking your response to the latest clinical policies to be developed by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Lancashire and South Cumbria. There are 7 policies, all of which are existing clinical policies that have been amended to bring them into line with the national guidance from NHS England.
The clinical policies open for patient and public feedback are as follows:
- Policy for the Surgical Treatment of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome;
- Policy for Tonsillectomy/Adeno-Tonsillectomy;
- Policy for the Surgical Release of Trigger Finger;
- Policy for the Management of Otitis Media with Effusion (OME) using Grommets (the treatment of glue ear in children);
- Policy for Breast Reduction Surgery (separated from the existing Cosmetics policy);
- Policy for the Surgical Management of Gynaecomastia (enlarged male breasts) – separated from the existing Cosmetics policy;
- Policy for the Removal of Benign Skin Lesions (separated from the existing Cosmetics policy)
To read these policies and provide your comments and feedback please click on the link below, which will take you to the Healthier Lancashire policy review webpage. You will be asked to complete a short survey for each policy you wish to provide feedback on. You will also find a level of change document, giving details of the changes between the amended policies and the original policies, and a Frequently Asked Questions document on the policy review webpage.
The public engagement for these policies will close on Monday 1 July.
Lancashire-wide review and harmonisation of clinical policies
We are now seeking views and comments on the latest clinical policy to be reviewed by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Lancashire and South Cumbria. This is the policy for commissioning arthroscopic shoulder decompression (surgery) for subacromial pain (a common cause of shoulder pain and disability).
To read this draft policy and provide your comments and feedback please click on the link below. You will be asked to complete a short survey. You need to provide your feedback by Friday 1 February 2019.
NHS England - Evidence Based Interventions Guidance
As part of the ongoing review of clinical policies for all the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Lancashire and South Cumbria and following the statutory guidance issued by NHS England around 17 procedures included in their Evidence Based Interventions (EBI) guidance, we are now seeking your feedback on the following clinical policies.
To read these policies and provide your comments and feedback please click on the links below. You will be asked to complete a short survey.