Service Review Policy Consultation
In September we launched “Our Savings Plan” to start a frank conversation about the challenging financial position facing the local NHS and the savings we must make in 2016/17 to help ensure a sustainable, high-quality health and care system in West Cheshire – both now and in the future.
There are many reasons for the financial challenges we face, not least that we have a fast-growing, ageing population and more people than ever are being diagnosed with long-term conditions.
This means that demand for local health and care services is rising faster than our budget.
We simply do not have enough money to continue to buy all the services we currently do in the same way as before. If we did, in 2016/17 alone we would spend £13m more than our budget.
As this challenge is similar in many areas, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for West Cheshire, Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire, Vale Royal and Wirral, have come together in partnership to ask the public for their views on proposed changes to some services that we currently commission.
A consultation has been launched which is asking the public and other stakeholders for their views on the proposals, building on work already undertaken to engage with local people about the challenging financial position facing the local NHS and proposed changes to services.
Dr Andy McAlavey, Medical Director, NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group comments: "This is the first time that CCGs in this area have come together to seek the views of the public and stakeholders as we continue with our programme of changes. Our aim is to ensure that the services we provide are effective and sustainable whilst we continue to encourage people to lead healthier lives. It is important for us to make the best use of our resources and we are encouraging people to have their say."
Cheshire and Wirral Clinical Commissioning Groups are undertaking a formal consultation on the proposals detailed in the consultation documents below to explore them in more detail and obtain feedback from patients and the public. The consultation will run from Tuesday, October 25, 2016 to midnight on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
An overview of the procedures and treatments being consulted on can be viewed/downloaded here
A copy of the consultation document and questionnaire can be viewed/downloaded here
How to share your views
As part of the consultation we need your views on the proposals and to understand the impact they may have on you. To hear what you think about the proposals you have a variety of opportunities to give your feedback.
You can fill in the questionnaire included in the consultation document below and submit by post to, SRP consultation, NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, 1829 Building, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1HJ.
Online - by following the link to the electronic survey here
By email – send your completed surveys to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If people are hard of hearing, have sight impairment, English is not their first language or they require the information in an alternative format, please contact 0800 132996 or email: email@example.com
We have arranged the following public meetings to discuss the proposals with local people;
- Tuesday 8th November 6pm – 7.30pm at Ellesmere Port Healthy Living Centre (Civic Hall/Civic Way, Ellesmere Port CH65 0AZ)
- Wednesday 16th November 6pm – 7.30pm at All Saints Church, Hoole (2 Vicarage Rd, Hoole, Chester CH2 3HZ)
- Tuesday 22nd November 6pm – 7.30pm at Frodsham Community Centre (The Cottage, Fluin Ln, Frodsham WA6 7QN)
For further information or to book a place please contact 0800 132996 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org