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From time to time NHS West Leicestershire CCG reviews the services it commissions. A key part of any review is to ensure we take account of the views of local people to help shape local health services. As a patient or service user, for example you can help us improve services by providing feedback on your experience.

NHS West Leicestershire is committed to involving local people in discussions and decisions about changes to local health services through a variety of ways. This could be taking part in a survey or attending a face to face meeting.  

In this section we provide details of the latest opportunities to be involved in our engagements and consultations. We also include details of consultations and engagements being carried out by our partners, in the NHS and local authorities.

Details of all our engagements and consultations will be made available here but to make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities to get involved register for In Touch to receive regular updates. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs agree proposals for a joint accountable officer

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LLR logoThe three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) have agreed proposals to appoint a joint accountable officer, subject to consultation with affected individuals.

The decision - made at yesterday’s governing body meetings of Leicester City, West Leicestershire and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs - represents an important milestone in the evolution of collaborative working across the combined area of more than 1.1million patients. 

It is anticipated that the move will create a stronger and more consistent commissioning voice across the three CCG areas, which will focus on working together to set high level outcomes for the population as a whole and hold providers to account for delivery. In turn it is also expected to lead to a strengthening of existing locality working, with groups of local providers given increased responsibility for designing services that improve the health of the communities they serve.

Professor Azhar Farooqi, clinical chair of Leicester City CCG, said: “We have a long history of collaboration across LLR and this represents the next logical step. It gives us the opportunity to provide more clarity to providers, while reducing duplication and freeing up people that can drive the kind of system transformation that we need.”

Professor Mayur Lakhani, clinical chair of West Leicestershire CCG, commented: “We believe this joint approach will help us to deliver our plans for improved care for patients throughout LLR. At its heart is a commitment to thinking strategically across our three CCG areas combined with a renewed emphasis on empowering localities.”

Dr Ursula Montgomery, clinical chair of East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, added: “I have already seen some great examples of collaboration and innovation in practice between our CCGs. I am confident that this move will help us to build upon those as we increasingly work in a more aligned and collaborative way than ever before.”

The recruitment process for the new accountable officer will commence subject to the outcome of consultation with affected individuals. Firm proposals regarding the structure of the joint management team will be developed and consulted on in due course.

The new arrangements will see even closer working between the three CCGs although each will remain as an independent statutory body. However, the CCGs have also agreed to consider the potential benefits of a legal merger. This work is expected to begin in early 2019, with the outcome of the review expected by mid-year.

Health care in Hinckley and Bosworth set for £8m investment

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Hinckley and Bosworth Community HospitalHealth and social care services in Leicestershire are set to benefit from £8m investment in community services in Hinckley and Bosworth.

The funding is one of a number of schemes announced today by Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

The investment in Hinckley supports plans for the transition to a much more patient-centred approach to care which focusses on providing modern, fit for purpose facilities to support more services in the local community, and closer to home.

Interim Accountable Officer for West Leicestershire CCG, Caroline Trevithick said:  “This is fantastic news for people in Hinckley and Bosworth and is the result of a lot of hard work, including the involvement of local people who have helped shape our plans for the area.

“Some of the local buildings and facilities are not fit for purpose to meet the health care needs of people now and in the future. The investment means we can upgrade and improve facilities to ensure we can provide the highest standards of care quite rightly expected by people.

“The confirmation of capital funding means that, subject to NHSE approval, we will be able to consult with local people on our plans.  We will be looking to do this as early as possible in new year.

Our plans focus on using this investment to make better use of all available existing space in Hinckley Health Centre (Hill Street, picture above) and at Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital by:

  • refurbishing Hinckley Health Centre, to accommodate X-Ray/Ultrasound, physiotherapy and increase the number of consulting rooms;
  • creating a combined day case surgery and endoscopy unit with day-case beds, which will provide an increased range of day case procedures and cancer screening services for local patients; and
  • relocating the out-of-hours primary care service from Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital (Sunnyside) into the new developed Urgent Care Hub in Hinckley Health Centre providing out-of-hours urgent care for local patients.

The investment in Hinckley and Bosworth is part of the broader Better Care Together strategic plan, for health services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.  A key part of this plan is to bring services closer to people by providing integrated health and care support within communities, like Hinckley and Bosworth, and reducing the need to travel to hospital or for inpatient care.”

Council Leader for Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, Councillor Mike Hall said "This is really excellent news for residents of Hinckley and Bosworth and I would like to congratulate the CCG and those who have worked both inside and outside Government to secure this funding.

“Local health professionals have been committed to these improvements for several years, and they have done an excellent job in working to address public concern over the proposed changes.

“The CCG has always had my full support and I hope that those who were against these proposals will now get behind them, support the recommendations, and trust the professionals to deliver improved health care for local people."

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Extended GP Access appointments

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GP Extended Access webWe are increasing the number of appointments available for you to see a GP in the early mornings, evenings or at weekends across West Leicestershire from 1 October 2018.

Depending on your individual circumstances and symptoms, your GP practice may offer you an ‘extended access’ appointment. Please note however, that these appointments will not be in your usual GP practice and may not be with one of your usual GPs or nurses. 

Depending on the reason for your appointment, and if you are in agreement, it may be suitable for you to see an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, instead of a GP.

The clinician you see will be able to access relevant sections of your medical notes and will communicate what has happened during your appointment back to your usual GP practice.

If you would like to know more please speak to a member of your GP practice staff.

 

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The Better Care Together Plan - our STP

The Better Care Together Plan - Our Sustainability and Transformation Partnership The NHS commission and provide health and care services for over...

The Better Care Together Plan - Our Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

The NHS commission and provide health and care services for over a million people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Every day our services support people to stay healthy and lead independent lives. And when people are ill, our services are there for them, their carers and families.
 
Over the next few years, the services we deliver, and where and how we offer them, will need to change, so that they can continue to be delivered in a way that is safe for patients as well as in a way the NHS can afford. The demand for services is growing more quickly than the resources which we have can cope with, as people are living longer and our population is continuing to grow. The Better Care Together Plan explains how these services can be changed for the better to improve care and the patient experience while meeting these demands.
 
In 2017 we held events across West Leicestershire to share the draft version of the plan with patients, family carers and staff to discuss the draft Better Care Together Plan. You can find out more about the events on this page, and download the findings from the STP events on this page.
 
In the 70th year of the NHS the partnership has published ‘Next steps to better care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’, a document describing the progress of partners from health and local authorities to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. Download the BCT Brochure.
 
 
 
 
To find out more, and see how you can be involved, visit the Better Care Together website

Influence the shape of local health services

From time to time NHS West Leicestershire CCG reviews the services it commissions. A key part of any review is ...

From time to time NHS West Leicestershire CCG reviews the services it commissions. A key part of any review is to ensure we take account of the views of local people to help shape local health services. As a patient or service user, for example you can help us improve services by providing feedback on your experience.

NHS West Leicestershire is committed to involving local people in discussions and decisions about changes to local health services through a variety of ways. This could be taking part in a survey or attending a face to face meeting.  

In this section we provide details of the latest opportunities to be involved in our engagements and consultations. We also include details of consultations and engagements being carried out by our partners, in the NHS and local authorities.

Details of all our engagements and consultations will be made available here but to make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities to get involved register for In Touch to receive regular updates. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Make a difference with your local PPG

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Would you like to get involved with our campaigns and make a difference in the care patients receive?

Your GP surgery has its own small team of people who provide a voice for all the patients on the practice’s list. Known as a Patient Participation Group or a PPG, these groups meet regularly to work with the GPs and staff at the practice to improve the way things are run.

The work of PPGs is invaluable to our work  as a CCG too. The feedback we get from our PPGs help shape the decisions that we make and directly influence the services we commission for all our patients and carers.

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Stay in touch with the NHS

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Do you want to be the first to know about what is happening with your local NHS services in West Leicestershire?

By signing up to our In Touch mailing list, you will receive monthly messages to keep you up to date including information on local health events, new services, opportunities to get involved in the planning and design of new services, or information about health conditions and support which you are particularly interested in. 

We’ll never pass your details on to anyone else, and we’ll never try to sell you anything – this is about keeping you in touch with what is happening in your local NHS.

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Better Care Together – Next Steps to better care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland - come and join us at one of our events

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) have the opportunity of significantly investing in the acute hospital estate in Leicester and sig...

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) have the opportunity of significantly investing in the acute hospital estate in Leicester and significantly improving services for the benefit of the local population.

To talk about these proposed improvements, NHS partners in LLR are inviting the public to a series of open engagement events to share the plans for the hospitals and maternity services in Leicester.  As an integral part of the Better Care Together programme for LLR, people can also hear about other work underway to make care better for patients – including improvements to the healthcare that patients receive at home and in the local community.

The events will be held between 5pm and 7.45pm.  People can drop in for the whole event or just come along for either the informal discussions on NHS plans for improvements, between 5pm and 6pm, or attend the formal presentations and question and answer session commencing at 6.00pm.

The dates and venues are:

  • Monday 29 October, Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB
  • Tuesday 30 October, Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester, LE4 6DP
  • Thursday 1 November, Civic Centre,  Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH
  • Wednesday 7 November, Lyric Rooms, Lower Church Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 1AB
  • Wednesday 14 November,  Eyres Monsell Club and Institute, Littlejohn Road,  Leicester,LE2 9BL
  • Thursday 15 November, The Three Swans Hotel, 21 High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NJ
  • Monday 19 November, Rutland County Council, Catmose Street, Oakham, LE15 6HP
  • ****NEW DATE**** Monday 26 November, Sketchley Grange Hotel, Sketchley Lane, Burbage, Hinckley, LE10 3HY  ****NEW DATE****
  • ****NEW DATE**** Tuesday 27 November, The Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University, The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY ****NEW DATE****

The improvements being proposing would reconfigure the three hospitals currently run by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.  Those hospitals are the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital and Leicester General Hospital. 

Under the proposals acute services – where patients receive short-term treatment for an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery - would be moved to two hospitals. These would be the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital. 

Some non-acute health services would continue to be provided at Leicester General Hospital, including the Leicester Diabetes Centre of Excellence, GP Access Imaging Hub and Stroke Rehabilitation.

Those plans include building a brand new single site maternity hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary along with a dedicated Children’s Hospital. At the Glenfield Hospital we want to create a new treatment centre dedicated to planned surgery.  This will mean that fewer operations are cancelled and we can build more wards to treat the increase in patients we are seeing with heart, chest and lung problems.

We recognise that people have questions about the proposals for the consolidation of level 3 intensive care services onto two of our sites and we look forward to the opportunity to explain why this is so important and the impact of this change on the wider reconfiguration plans.

People will also be able to talk to representatives from NHS organisations about the progress being made to keep more people well and out of hospital and provide better care in a crisis, as well as discussing the changes that will deliver more care close to home - particularly for those people who have one or more long term condition and those in need of high quality specialist care. 

We look forward to welcoming people to one of the events to discuss in much more details the proposed plans and discuss the practical benefits they will deliver in the future and respond to any concerns that people may have.  

To give us an indication of the number of people attending each event, we would be grateful if you could register your attendance at www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk/getinvolved/, email         BCTComms@westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk or call 0116 295 4104.

Further information regarding the events is available by visiting www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk

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