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Innovative CCG case studies published

Innovative CCG case studies published

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Twenty profiles of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) driving new and innovative models of care have been published by NHS Clinical Commissioners. 

'Care navigators' in Greenwich are supporting people with complex conditions, directing patients to services that will keep them well, without the use of hospitals or doctors. 

Staff from the local home improvement agency are visiting people at home in Warrington, accompanied by a pharmacist. The scheme aims to identify and resolve problems with an individual's living environment before it affects their health. 

And Leading Local Partnerships also showcases how in Cornwall the CCG is working with Age UK to help vulnerable people meet their goals, whether it’s walking their dog on the beach, going shopping, or setting up a coffee morning.

NHS Clinical Commissioners claims that CCGs are "uniquely placed" to use clinical expertise, their roots in the community and their system leadership role to work in partnership across the health and care system to integrate healthcare and make a difference for their patients.

A joint statement from NHS Clinical Commissioners co-chairs Dr Steve Kell and Dr Amanda Doyle (pictured) said: “As GPs we know that we and our patients are sometimes hindered by a fragmented system. We know that while we can treat the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that affected an individual for year, there has traditionally been little we could easily do about the damp patch at home that was exacerbating the problem.

"As clinical commissioners, we know that we are leading changes to reduce that fragmentation and ensure patients get all the support they need. This report is proof. It showcases 20 examples of CCGs joining with partners, not just from social care, but from the voluntary and private sectors, to improve the health of their populations.”

Dr Michael Dixon, senior advisor to NHSCC and chair of NHS Alliance, said of the report: "CCGs are involved in a wide range of roles ranging from improving hospital services, organising contracts and tenders to controlling budgets. Their prime role, however, is to make a real difference to services provided in or near a patient's home. This report shows that they are already beginning to make that difference.'

“Clinical commissioning is about translating the hopes and aspirations of patients and their frontline clinicians into everyday practice. Top of those hopes and aspirations for our patients must be the creation of high-quality, comprehensive and integrated services provided in the community which puts the patient at the centre. That is what this document is about.”

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