NHSCC have launched a new publication Delivering a healthier future: How CCGs are leading the way on prevention and early diagnosis.
The report showcases a range of innovative case studies from across the country, which demonstrate the difference that clinically led commissioning is making, with the projects featured only made possible through the influence, expertise and local knowledge brought by frontline GPs and clinicians.
NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, who provided the foreword for the report, welcomed it saying:
“The case studies in this report show commissioners across the country are taking prevention and early diagnosis seriously. It’s heartening to see that CCGs are driving improvements in a wide range of areas including mental health care, early diagnosis of cancer and stroke prevention.”
“There can be a real temptation in today’s stretched NHS to hunker down, to try to deal as best we can with what’s in front of us, and leave tomorrow to take care of itself. However, while we know that there are very real immediate pressures that need to be dealt with we also know we have to plan for the future.
This report shows that CCGs are doing just that. They are taking a longer-term view and focusing on early diagnosis and prevention rising to the challenge of making long-term transformative changes to ensure a sustainable and effective NHS for patients and local populations.”
Focusing on prevention and early diagnosis, the case studies in this publication show that even in challenging times, CCGs are bringing together all the players in their local areas to drill down to the very essence of what populations want and need – and how it can be achieved. They show how CCGs:
Are taking the lead in preventing illness and the causes of ill health – and working to keep people out of hospital where possible
Are helping to ensure that people are diagnosed earlier and given the support that they need
Are working across boundaries to build on what people want and need to help them lead longer, healthier lives
“Delivering a healthier future highlights how CCGs across England are following the vision of the Five Year Forward View and putting prevention at the forefront of their efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of their local populations. There are inspiring examples of real-life projects that are already having an impact and truly demonstrate the positive difference that local clinically led commissioning can have for patients and communities.
27 January 2016