This report shows the positive contribution that clinical commissioners are making to their local economies. With the November 2016 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:
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