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.

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 feedback on the latest policies to be reviewed or developed.

We are now seeking views and comments from patients, the public and other stakeholders.

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

  • Proposed Policy for Assisted Conception Services

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

Open forum events are also being organised and you will have the opportunity to attend one of these.

  • Thursday 1 March 2018, 5pm to 6.30pm at South Shore Primary Care Centre, Lytham Road, Blackpool.
  • Wednesday 7 March 2018, 6pm to 8pm at NHS Wesham Offices, Derby Road, Wesham.

To book your place at either event, visit https://fylde-coast-assisted-conception.eventbrite.co.uk

Attendance at groups and forums will also be taking place but if you are a member of a group or forum which would like to discuss the proposed policy in more detail please email mlcsu.haveyoursay@nhs.net to get in touch. Individuals who may wish to comment or ask questions in addition to or before completing the survey can also use this email.

Comments on this policy should be submitted by Friday 6 April 2018.

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 haveyoursay@lancashire.nhs.uk or call 01772 214244

If you have any further questions about these policies or the process being undertaken contact the CCG or email haveyoursay@lancashirecsu.nhs.uk

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

Blackpool CCG has a range of its current clinical policies currently under review which you may also be interested in. These can be found here.