This week marks the start of a new era in health with the city’s new Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) putting local clinicians at the heart of the planning and development of local health care.
NHS Hull CCG’s vision is to create a healthier Hull. It has a membership comprising of 57 local GP practices, with a budget of around £362m as it takes over the planning and commissioning of hospital, community health and mental health services.
A number of health priorities for the city have been agreed. These include:
- more proactive care planning and management of long term conditions, particularly for older people at risk of hospital admission;
- improving quality standards in primary care;
- encouraging young people to take control of their own health earlier, so they continue to make healthier choices throughout their lives.
The CCG recognises partnership working as being central to the vision of developing a healthier Hull. The CCG and Hull City Council has established a Health and Wellbeing Board to co-ordinate their plans for improving the health and well-being of people in Hull and overseeing how local NHS and social care budgets are spent.
Dr Tony Banerjee, Local GP and NHS Hull CCG Chairman, said:
“The biggest change to the NHS is that the clinicians are now at the forefront of planning and designing health services. As a local GP I see about 40 patients a day which gives me a real insight into what patients want and need, which can be fed back into decision making at Board level.
“This means patients in Hull will be given a much stronger voice so they can have a greater influence in how their local health and social care services are designed.
Behind the clinicians at NHS Hull CCG there is a dedicated team of commissioning staff led by CCG Chief Officer Emma Latimer.
Emma Latimer said:
“The CCG has worked successfully in shadow form for the last 18 months which means that we are more than ready for taking charge of planning and commissioning services for people in Hull.
“Patients and GPs are our eyes and ears and they will bring a wealth of knowledge and information to the commissioning process. The new CCG will see clinicians, managers and other partners working much more closely alongside each other in with the shared aim of improving health, wellbeing and quality of life for people in Hull.