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Views invited on specialised services strategy

Views invited on specialised services strategy

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Clinicians, commissioners and patients are being invited to give their views on the future of specialised health services, and how they should be provided over the next five years. 

NHS England is inviting key stakeholders to a special event in December as part of its wider ‘Call to Action’ project, which was launched in July. 

Specialised services are commissioned nationally through ten of NHS England’s 27 area teams. They account for £11.8 billion of annual spending – around 10% of the NHS budget. 

Feedback from the event will be used to inform the development of a five-year strategy outlining how specialised services are best provided to improve patient experience and outcomes. 

James Palmer, NHS England clinical director for specialised services said: “NHS England is the direct commissioner for the majority of the services, but clinical commissioning groups and local authorities are also responsible for commissioning part of the pathway, and delivering elements of care. 

“Many of the conditions treated in specialised services are highly debilitating, life-long and demand the advice of experts, as well as responsive access to care locally when needed.” 

The scoping event will be held in London on 9 December 2013. Anybody who is interested in being involved in the debate about the future of specialised services and wishes to apply for a place should email dorothy.chen@shca.info.

Places at this event will be limited. However, all those who wish to contribute their views, but cannot attend on the 9th, or fail to secure a place, will have opportunity to provide a written submission.

Details of how you can do this will be published on the NHS England and Specialised Healthcare Alliance websites shortly. 

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