Reviewing Clinical Policies
The eight Clinical Commissioning Groups in Lancashire and South Cumbria are working together to review their clinical policies.
In the NHS treatments and care for patients are provided free at the point of service. While in hospital and for certain categories of patient, medications are also free at the point of service. However, not all treatments and medications are routinely funded by the NHS. This is because the effectiveness of certain procedures and medications can vary amongst patients and in these cases can do more harm than good. It is also possible for the population to be given excessive healthcare that weakens its self-reliance and independence while receiving little or no healthcare benefit.
Across Lancashire and South Cumbria, there is a review of clinical policies across all the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). This provides an ideal opportunity to co-ordinate these policies and related services and make them consistent and fair. It reduces what is often referred to as the postcode lottery of healthcare across this area of the North West. In addition, as part of its guardianship of local NHS services, CCGs must take into account fully and responsibly, the management of the limited resources at its disposal. Reviewing the effectiveness and value of clinical policies is part of that responsible management.
A thorough review of clinical policies takes time and this is likely to be an ongoing process.
In addition, the NHS must make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum benefit for each patient it treats and the population it serves as a whole. It must also ensure it is using the most effective and accepted medical procedures. NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), as local guardians and commissioners of the NHS, must prioritise the services it is able to fund and commission. This means making decisions about which healthcare services will and will not be provided under the NHS in their area.
Find out about clinical policy reviews in your area
The eight Clinical Commissioning Groups in Lancashire and South Cumbria are listed below. Click on your area to find out about the clinical reviews in your area and get involved by sharing your views.
Click on your local CCG below to find out more: