Commissioning and the Health Reforms
In July 2010 the Government published a White Paper setting out their long- term vision of the NHS. The subsequent bill published in January 2011 aims to put patients at the heart of the NHS, focus on improving outcomes and empower local organisations and professionals.
All GP practices need to be part of a GP consortium. The consortia will be assigned budgets and be responsible for commissioning the majority of local primary care and hospital services. Individual GP practices will not be required to take commissioning and financial decisions by themselves. Patients will have a stronger say in making decisions about their health and well-being and be more actively involved in commissioning decisions.
Marylebone Health Centre has been an active member of the local GP collective, Central London Healthcare (CLH) since its formation in 2006. Patients from the Health Centre are actively involved in the patient User Panel. CLH is a not for profit organisation comprising of 23 local NHS practices working together to deliver high level primary health care.
The new commissioning body Central London Clinical Comissioning Group(NHS CLCCG) working in conjunction with the Inner North West London cluster is tasked to commission new and redesigned community based healthcare services for its 130,000 patients. Further information about CLH including its structure, projects and patient involvement can be found at Central London Healthcare
Here at Marylebone the practice is confident that we can be actively involved in local commissioning whilst ensuring current service provision at the practice is not affected. In fact we are optimistic that with the proposed changes further high quality services will be developed both at the practice and in the surrounding local area.
*Sent on behalf of North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups*
As you may be aware, the local NHS 111 service has been in the news recently. This follows an undercover investigation by the Sun newspaper.
As soon as we heard about these allegations, commissioners in North West and North Central London immediately announced that we would investigate these allegations, which were revealed while the Sun’s reporter took part in training to be an NHS 111 call handler.
We are working with NHS England and the NHS 111 provider London Central and West Unscheduled Care Collaborative (LCW) to understand what has happened. The review will be led by an independent third party and will report back to commissioners.
We know many practices use NHS 111 in answerphone messages or as an initial triage option for patients.
While we undertake this investigation, the service is safe to continue and be used as normal.
It is worth reminding patients that NHS 111 is open 24 hours a day, 7 days and week and they should continue to call 111 if:
They need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency.
They think they might need to go to A&Eor need another NHS urgent care service.
They don't know who to call or don't have a GP to call.
Thank you in advance for your ongoing support on this matter.
Health and social Care Bill
Clinical Commissioning Group
Central London Healthcare Commissioning Strategy 2012 - 2015
NHS CLCG - Out of Hospital Strategy 2012 - 2015