Strategic Commissioning Plan Workshop 2015
On Wednesday 21st October North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (NWS CCG), who are responsible for planning and commissioning most local health services across the area, hosted a 'listening and planning' event for their local partners.
Over 80 people attended from a wide range of organisations, including local hospitals, GP surgeries, community care, social care, mental health, the ambulance Trust, charities and voluntary organisations, plus patient representatives.
It was an opportunity to review progress made by the CCG since coming into existence in 2013 and also to take a forward view – looking at how care could be delivered better across the area in future years.
Chief Executive Julia Ross explains: "As is the picture nationally, the tide in the NHS is changing. We are facing some significant financial challenges, whilst demand continues to rise and we need to take an innovative approach to providing the best possible health services for our local population."
"Our starting point for this is a new proposed model of care, which we introduced to everyone attending our event to get their thoughts and input. The model puts the patient, under the care of their GP surgery at the very heart of a wrapped around approach to care. It is about better integrating all the individual elements of our local health services, such as GPs, out-of-hours care, hospital care, mental health and community services."
Following presentations from Chair Dr Liz Lawn and Chief Executive Julia Ross, attendees broke out into small sessions to discuss some of the key elements and plans in the model – such as urgent care, planned care and mental health.
Dr Liz Lawn said: "The event was really successful and a great opportunity to gain insight from a wide range of very knowledgeable and passionate people, with a vested interest in shaping and developing our local health services."
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