Clinical commissioning groups hold extra ordinary meeting in common to decide the future of hospital services from the Path to Excellence consultation
NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Sunderland CCG, the two bodies responsible for the commissioning of local health services, are to decide the future of three areas of acute hospital care in South Tyneside and Sunderland as part of the Path to Excellence consultation.
The areas of care under consultation are:
- Stroke care services
- Maternity (obstetrics) and women’s healthcare (inpatient gynaecology) services; and
- Children and young peoples (urgent and emergency paediatrics) services.
An extraordinary meeting in common of the two statutory NHS organisations will take place on:
Wednesday 21st February, 2pm to 4pm, Hebburn Central, Glen Street, Hebburn, NE31 1AB.
The clinical commissioning groups hold all of their formal governing body meetings in public, allowing the opportunity for members of the public to observe their discussions, considerations and decisions about how NHS services are planned and delivered to meet the needs of the local population.
It’s important to note that this is not a public meeting for further debate with the public on the consultation issues, but the two statutory NHS organisations meeting their duty of transparency.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, which will also be broadcast live via Youtube. Public gallery seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Links to the live broadcast will be available via the programme website www.pathtoexcellence.org.uk
Papers for the extraordinary meeting in common of the two governing bodies will be available later this week on the CCG websites and the path to excellence website.
The final decisions will be communicated to public, staff and stakeholders as soon as possible after the meeting and the day after.
Over the last few months both clinical commissioning groups have been considering all the information gathered during the consultation from the public, patients, staff, the two hospital trusts, clinical networks, the North East Ambulance Service and other stakeholders such as campaign groups, elected members and members of parliament.
This has allowed the opportunity for further comments received from the public feedback sessions from the draft consultation feedback report, other data or views to be considered as well as consideration of alternative service models that have been suggested through the public consultation.
The decision making categories, by which each of the options across the three clinical services could be evaluated, needed to be agreed by the governing bodies of the two Clinical Commissioning Groups(CCGs).The choice of categories was influenced by the feedback received through the public consultation and they were agreed following a joint CCG extraordinary Governing Body meeting on the 13th December 2017.
Travel and transport update
Two meetings of a newly established working group to tackle travel and transport issues identified from the Path to Excellence first phase public consultation have taken place, with terms of reference being agreed and a work programme underway.
Membership includes the NHS organisations, Health Watch Sunderland, Health Watch South Tyneside, Sunderland City Council, South Tyneside Borough Council, Nexus, Go North East, Stagecoach and Tyne and Wear public transport service users group. The work programme to date includes
- Travel planning resources
- Mapping and leaflets
- Personalised journey planning
- Discounted staff travel tickets
- New patient/visitor travel tickets
- Bus stop information
- Co-ordinated communications and marketing strategy with NHS and travel organisation
- Bus information displays in hospitals