Policy Harmonisation

NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working in partnership with the other seven CCGs in Lancashire to review clinical policies across the region.

This CCG, together with all the CCGs in Lancashire, needs to make sure patients continue to access essential clinical services.  To achieve this, the CCG originally adopted policies formerly approved by our predecessor Primary Care Trust.  Most of these policies are similar across Lancashire but not the same in all cases.

The 8 CCGs across Lancashire agreed that there was a need to review and where necessary update their policies in order to:

  • ensure a consistent and fair approach,
  • develop a set of principles and policies against which decisions about care and treatment can be made
  • and to develop collaborative policies across the 8 CCGs in Lancashire.

This review process is being supported by a Consultant in Public Health employed by Lancashire County Council and representatives from the 8 CCGs and other support staff, who form a working group overseeing the review process.  The process includes the input of clinical staff and a review of the latest NICE guidance and clinical practice.

The working group has now reviewed a number of procedures, which identifies the circumstances when these services will or will not be provided to patients.  It is important to engage and involve patients, the public and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of clinical policies, especially as these policies will help determine decisions about whether individuals receive or are eligible to receive care or treatment under their local NHS.


Current policies under review

As part of the ongoing review of clinical policies for all the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Lancashire and South Cumbria, we are now seeking views and comments on three new or revised policies.

The latest draft clinical policies open for patient and public feedback are as follows:

 

 

You are invited and recommended to read the clinical policies before giving your feedback. You can click on the link next to each policy to complete a short survey and give your views.

There is a Frequently Asked Questions document that may answer any queries you have about the process or about these policies. To help you we have also included a Level of Change document that identifies what has been changed in the updated policy for back pain – spinal injections and for the policy for insulin pumps and glucose monitoring devices (now split into two separate policies).

Your comments will be fed back to the CCG as part of the development process.

Comments on these policies should be submitted by Friday 29 June.

If you would prefer to have a hard-copy of the policy and/or of the survey questionnaire, please contact the CCG using the contact page on this website or email mlcsu.haveyoursay@nhs.net or call 01772 214244.

Any groups or individuals who wish to discuss these draft policies in addition to completing the survey can make arrangements to do so by contacting haveyoursay@nhs.net or ring 01772 214244.


If you have any further questions about this policy or the process being undertaken contact the CCG or email mlcsu.haveyoursay@nhs.net

If you require any of these documents in an alternative format such as Braille, larger print, audio, British Sign Language or in a language other than English please contact the Customer Care Team in one of the following ways:

Freephone:  0800 032 2424 Telephone:  01772 777 952 Textphone:  01772 227 005 Email: mlcsu.customercarelancashire@nhs.net

Further opportunities will be made available for your involvement and feedback on other clinical policies as and when they are developed and available for discussion.