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.

The engagement opportunities are for the most recent set of policies being updated are currently closed. However, if you would like a summary of the changes the new drafts are proposing you can find one in this level of change document.

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.

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.