Dods Health reform research highlight the strong leadership role of CCGs but also the ongoing challenges we all need to tackle

Dr Amanda Doyle, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners and Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Blackpool CCG said:

RESIZED amanda doyle 1 May“The Dods ‘Health reforms: a check-up’ recognises the important role that clinical commissioners now play in the wider health system, bringing new and innovative approaches to better healthcare for their local populations. We welcome the reports finding that CCGs are offering new local solutions to the system and are also a strong driver for change that engage and interact with key partners right across the health economy. However the report also reflects a number of the challenges our members face. Key amongst those is the financial pressures facing CCGs.”

Dr Doyle went on to say “Our manifesto, Making Change Happen, had previously identified that ensuring patient’s get the best possible care against a backdrop of increasingly squeezed finances is one of the biggest issues CCGs face, and this research highlights that these are the tough choices that clinicians are still having to face. There needs to be a shift in culture that means we all work together to focus on the best outcomes for patients, rather than on savings. Key to that shift is the strong system leadership from CCGs, their providers, GPs, local authorities, patient groups, and other interested health organisations finding ways to collectively plan, share risks and innovate.”

She concluded “CCGs are still relatively new organisations, but we know that they are delivering real and effective integrated change to the health of their patients and local populations. The intention of the NHS reforms was to put local clinical experts at the heart of local decision making. Politicians need to trust in those original ambitions and give clinicians the freedom, space and time to work with their local community to determine the best possible outcomes for their patients.”

10 September 2014