NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are working in partnership with the other six CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria to review clinical policies across the region.
NHS England has recently introduced mandatory guidance for a range of surgical procedures which CCGs are expected to adopt as clinical policies. Where clinical policies already exist, the CCGs need to align them with the new guidance. Seven existing policies held by the CCGs in the Lancashire and South Cumbria area need to be amended to align with the NHS England guidance. The patient access criteria for these procedures have already been consulted upon nationally and cannot now be amended.
The CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria wish to inform patients and members of the public about these amended policies and to invite them to consider if the introduction of these policies will have an adverse effect on patients or groups of patients. If this is the case, there may be something the CCGs can do to minimise the impact of this.
Residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen are therefore, invited to read the amended policies and provide their feedback and comments by completing the relevant surveys.
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.