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Residents of Pennine Lancashire encouraged to have their say on NHS Clinical Commissioning Group policies

Residents of Pennine Lancashire encouraged to have their say on NHS Clinical Commissioning Group policies

NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are working in partnership with the other seven CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria to review and develop clinical policies across the region.

The eight CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria have all agreed that there is a need to develop their policies collaboratively to: ensure a consistent and fair approach across the region; create policies in accordance with National Guidelines and best clinical practice and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

As part of this ongoing process, a new draft policy is now available for patient and public engagement and feedback.  This is the policy for the commissioning of sensory integration therapy. This concerns direct, one-to-one clinic-based therapy for children and adults who have been assessed to have a degree of sensory dysfunction.

Residents of Pennine Lancashire are therefore invited to read this new commissioning policy and provide their feedback and comments by completing the relevant survey. This can all be accessed by the link below.

www.healthierlsc.co.uk/commissioningpolicy/current-clinical-policy-reviews

Julie Higgins Chief Officer at NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups said:

“The CCGs are responsible for commissioning a wide range of clinical services, including secondary (hospital), community and mental health services and for paying for those services, for and on behalf of, the local population.  In some areas this also includes commissioning GP services.

“We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent manner but in so doing we must consider the limited resources we have.

“A key role for the CCG is to develop clinical policies that help us make decisions about the use of those limited resources.

“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG website and have their say.”