In order to function legitimately, the Department of Health has to authorise Clinical Commissioning Groups. To find out more about what this means click here for the guidance document issued by the Department of Health in September 2011.
Stakeholders engaged in developing the process have told the Department of Health that there should be “meaningful engagement with patients, carers and their communities” and the competency should enable:
“CCGs … to show how they will ensure inclusion of patients, carers, public, communities of interest and geography, health and wellbeing boards and local authorities. They should include mechanisms for gathering a broad range of views then analysing and acting on these. It should be evident how the views of individual patients are translated and acted on. CCGs need to promote shared decision-making with patients, about their care.”
What benefits do people think the LINk can bring to the role and responsibility of Patient Representation at CCG level? How can LINk Devon best promote and support this type of involvement in commissioning? The role of the network is to enable people to comment on the quality and standard of care and whether it could or should be improved.
This might mean, for example, raising awareness of the idea that the relationship between patients and GP is a positive one of shared decision making about which treatment or care to be given. Another possible way in which CCGs could take account of people’s views is to record patient choice in such a way as to ensure that commissioning decisions about which services to make available reflect the choices and needs expressed by patients. It might also mean, what are the plans to involve lay people in monitoring the quality and standard of services? What do people think are the acceptable qualities and standards of services ? Is whatever’s on offer good enough for me and my family?
If you have any ideas or queries about how Clinical Commissioning in Devon is developing, please get in touch with us so we can answer your questions and add your views to those of others to feed into the development process. We will add and update the content re Authorisation as and when it becomes available, but if you have any useful links or snippets, please let us know using the comments box, or email, ring or write to us!