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CCGs in the west Midlands join forces to run out-of-hospital services


29 April 2016

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Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the west Midlands that care for one million people are joining forces to run their out-of-hospital services.

Coventry and Rugby, South Warwickshire and Warwickshire North CCGs have agreed to run a joint service for patients including the frail elderly and others with chronic and complex illness such as diabetes, heart disease and common mental health conditions.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the west Midlands that care for one million people are joining forces to run their out-of-hospital services.

Coventry and Rugby, South Warwickshire and Warwickshire North CCGs have agreed to run a joint service for patients including the frail elderly and others with chronic and complex illness such as diabetes, heart disease and common mental health conditions.

The move means South Warwickshire CCG has stopped its plan to put its £227 million contract for services including district nurses and end-of-life care out to tender.

The service is currently run by South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT) which covers towns including Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick and Rugby.

The CCG had said it wanted to improve services, efficiency and value for money.

The three CCGs who care for one million people will now work with providers including SWFT on the contract.

The redesigned programme will look at promoting preventative care and early intervention and aims to make better use of healthcare technology and innovation.

Dr Deryth Stevens, the chairman of Warwickshire North’s CCG said: “At the heart of this transformation is patients ability to access care in a way that meets their needs and puts them in control.

“It is a highly ambitious programme that will require providers, whether in general practice, community services, mental health services or hospitals to consider how they can deliver services that are integrated, timely, convenient and specifically tailored to individuals.”

The CCGs aim to provide more patient-centered care, with more collaboration between clinicians and to use resources “effectively and wisely”.

They also want to help people retain their independence and stay at home, if possible.

South Warwickshire CCG said: “It is right that for now, we should work together to develop existing services rather than look for new providers.”

CCG chairman Dr David Spraggett said: “Patients have told us that they want a health and social care system that is better joined up and easier to navigate.”

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