NHS Clinical Commissioners have today launched a new report showing the positive contribution that clinical commissioners are making to their local economies. With the recent Autumn Statement making it clear that neither health nor social care will receive additional funding to alleviate pressure on their increasingly overstretched services, the question of how the NHS can drive prosperity in local areas is an increasingly important one.
Shaping healthy cities and economies: The role of clinical commissioning showcases how clinical leaders in England’s core cities – the eight largest cities outside of London – are looking at how the services they commission can improve not only the health but social and economic wellbeing of their populations.
Across the core cities, clinical commissioners are working with a wide range of partners to go beyond traditional boundaries to combat health inequalities and social exclusion, increase skills and employment and to attract inward investment to help realise the potential of their local economies. This includes activities to support people with jobs, as unemployment itself is a health risk, associated with higher rates of mortality, psychological distress, and hospital admissions.
Shaping healthy cities and economies: The role of clinical commissioning’highlights programmes from across the core cities, including:
Chair of NHSCC’s Core Cities Network and Clinical Chair of NHS Sheffield CCG, Dr Tim Moorhead said: “This new report demonstrates the important role the health sector plays in local economies and shows how CCGs in England’s core cities are commissioning not only to improve the health but social and economic wellbeing of their populations.
“While there is a lot of good work already happening we are keen to do even more, and the recommendations in the report highlight how the contribution that clinical commissioning makes to local economic growth can be further increased.”
There are recommendations in the report for both national and local organisations on maximising the health sector’s role in driving economic prosperity, which include:
This document builds on some of the themes in The future of commissioning (published in October 2016) which sets out how clinical commissioning is evolving and looking to flex its strategic functions to further meet the needs of the local patients and populations, and the positive impact it can have on communities.
14 December 2016