The podiatry service run by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust (UHMBT) provides a number of services which could be delivered outside the NHS.
In order to meet the highest priority medical needs of the population within the budget we have, it is necessary to consider which services can be provided elsewhere.
In recent years, the podiatry teams have seen an increase in patients with higher needs particularly associated with diabetes and older age. Teams are now carrying out much more complex work than they have in the past. Those patients with high level podiatry needs can experience delays and complications because of the number of patients being referred to the podiatry teams.
As a result, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with UHMBT has been exploring options for changing the service to ensure that patients with high medical and/or podiatric needs can be seen appropriately and also that the needs of people with low-level needs are still met.
Read the full engagement document. This document explains what the CCG wants to do, how we intend to do this, the link between diabetes and foot problems and why we are talking about reducing the numbers of low-risk patients entering the podiatry service.
How can I get involved and share my views?
We want to know what you think; should we prioritise diabetic foot services over routine nail and footcare in Morecambe Bay? Are there other things that we need to take into account when we look at ways of delivering an NHS podiatric service?
There are a few ways to provide your ideas and feedback:
- Complete the online survey (link below)