People living in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are being asked to give their views on a proposal that would see a major change in the way healthcare is organised in the region.
At present there are three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) serving Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK). Each CCG is made up of clinicians, GP Member Practices and NHS managers, who work together to buy health services for their local communities. This allows doctors, nurses and other health professionals to be involved in deciding what services are most needed.
A proposal is now being considered to bring together all three CCGs to form one organisation by April 2021 which would be called NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group.
The proposal is seen as a natural development of the close working relationship that has been operating between the three CCGs since 2018. This successful collaboration has provided access to increased national funding which has led to the introduction of new and improved services across the region.
Dr Nicola Smith, Clinical Chair for BLMK CCGs, said:
“It is important that local residents have the opportunity to understand the proposals and provide their feedback on how their health services are commissioned. If our proposals are accepted we will ensure that the CCG remains locally focused and clinically led, maintaining the key decision making and advisory role of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals that will ensure that patient outcomes are at the centre of all we do.
“Becoming one organisation brings great opportunity to deliver services in innovative ways and economies of scale that will enable us to reinvest in front line services, where patients see a real difference.”
To explain the benefits and challenges of becoming one organisation a Public Engagement document has been published. A survey has also been launched to enable the public to give their views on the proposed change.
The public can access the Public Engagement document and survey by clicking here. The survey is open until 13 September 2020.
For more information contact 01525 624440
Notes to editors
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative
In November 2018/19, the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes formed a new Commissioning Collaborative. This partnership, which has created a single executive team leading the three CCGs while retaining their independence and local accountability, enables the executive team to look at commissioning differently and will see the CCGs move towards a more transformational approach – working with partners both within and outside of the NHS to ensure that we deliver the right care locally.
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for their residents. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
CCG’s are run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All GP practices are members of their CCG.