The new health body that is responsible for the commissioning of NHS services for the people of North Tyneside has held its second governing body meeting in public on Tuesday 25 June, 2013 – 85 days after taking over their new statutory duties.
NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, which has a budget of £286 million to plan and purchase the majority of healthcare and health services for North Tyneside’s 215,000 population, stated it’s ambition to ensure safe and high quality care for local people.
Maurya Cushlow, chief officer, said as a new organisation the CCG had the chance to look at how local health services are commissioned with a new perspective. She said: “Because we have a clinical focus we are able to look at how we might do things differently to make sure that the healthcare and health services we commissioning are of the highest possible standards. Our priority is to ensure the highest quality and safety of services.”
North Tyneside GP Dr John Matthews, clinical chair, said “Over the last few years we have made improvements in healthcare such as the mortality rates from common problems such as cardiovascular disease – however we still have much to do. Because the CCG is a membership organisation of all the GP practices in the borough – they are already very close to their patients so well placed to know what is needed – and because of this we have a real opportunity to tackle the challenges in making changes that have a real impact of the healthcare for our patients.’
To deliver on their commitment, North Tyneside CCG are working with other partners in health and social care to improve healthcare and health services in the borough. Examples include partnership with North Tyneside Council to improve care in care homes and a commitment from NHS providers such as Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to work together in order to prevent people from dying prematurely and ensuring people have a positive experience from their care.
NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group became a legal body on 1 April 2013 and plans healthcare and health services for the people living within the borough. Clinical commissioning groups are the new NHS organisations that have taken over the commissioning role from primary care trusts as a result of the changes described in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
The next governing body meeting in public will take place on Tuesday 24 September 2013. For more information, please visit our governing body meetings page.