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Issue 1 July 2012 Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group

Healthnews Greater Huddersfield

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Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group

In this issue: Introducing our Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Passionate about making a difference Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) Transforming Health Services Introducing our Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children HealthWatch consultation event Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy: have your say Contact us

www.kirklees.nhs.uk/ greaterhuddersfield

Welcome to the first issue of the NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group newsletter Introducing our Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) We are NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (GHCCG): a partnership organisation of 40 GP practices, representing a population of approximately 238,000 patients in Huddersfield and the Valleys. We are chaired by Dr Steve Ollerton, a practising GP based in Skelmanthorpe. For this first issue, we’d like to tell you about who we are, and our journey to clinical commissioning, as part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

We’ll be explaining our vision for healthcare within Greater Huddersfield and our priorities. We are currently operating in ‘shadow form’ but will become a statutory organisation from 1 April 2013 (subject to authorisation). We have delegated powers to commission and improve services within Kirklees and we have a clear commitment to doing so.


Passionate about making a difference

Transforming Health Services

Our CCG has a clear vision that: by being informed by our local population and clinicians, we will drive the improvement of healthcare services through leadership, innovation and excellence.

Along with partners from the local health and social care economy, we are working to deliver improved system changes in planned and unplanned care. There is ongoing work in order to refresh the vision originally set out in 2005 with the aims of:

Our priorities are to ensure:

• ensuring a strategy for the next five years to deliver high quality care in the most appropriate setting

• improved patient outcomes, improved consistency and quality of care • improved patient experience • improved patient safety • empowered patients; putting the patient at the centre through better integration with social care, provision of good quality care, improvements in mortality, morbidity, quality of life, staying healthier for longer, listening to patients, focusing on prevention and self care. We are passionate about making a difference to the health of the people in the area and committed to achieving this through commissioning high quality, accessible services that make a real difference to patients and the population.

• ensuring care will be delivered in a system which is in the top 10% nationally for safe, reliable, patient-centred care – maximising technology to deliver and support care • maximising the advantages of the NHS reforms, and responding to demographic changes • focusing on meeting the needs of people living with longterm conditions • creating an affordable and sustainable model of service, where local leaders are recognised for their approach to partnerships and integrating care.

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Christina Fairhead

Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) Along with organisations across the NHS nationally, we face a huge national challenge – the ‘QIPP’ challenge. This includes working more efficiently and contributing to the £20bn savings which the NHS has to achieve by 2015. Together with Kirklees Council and our provider organisations, we have agreed the following key areas to concentrate on from 2012-2015: • preventing unplanned admissions and managing long term conditions • changing planned care pathways • strengthening mental health and learning disability provision • introducing assistive technology and risk stratification • alternative community services. These choices have been made on the basis of local need, understanding of best practice and in response to local people.

Introducing our Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children We are delighted to announce that Christina Fairhead has been appointed as our Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children. Christina’s role involves taking a strategic, professional lead on all aspects of the health service contribution to safeguarding children across Kirklees. She provides professional advice on safeguarding children matters and promotes the welfare of children.

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Healthnews Issue 1 July 2012 NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group


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Introducing our Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children (continued)

This involves providing training for staff, such as GPs, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists. A key project that she is currently part of and contributing to is the provision of support and training for independent contractors to enable them to achieve Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration status. When we asked about the best things about her job, she said: “knowing that I am making a positive difference for children” and “meeting so many equally committed, enthusiastic and like-minded people.” This demonstrates her commitment to working with partner organisations such as Kirklees Council and the CQC on behalf of Greater Huddersfield CCG, to continue to effectively develop and deliver improved services for children. Jane Ford, Fartown GP and CCG Board member, leads on the safeguarding children and adults agendas on behalf of Greater Huddersfield CCG. Jane is a member of the Local Safeguarding Children‘s Board and the Local Safeguarding Adults Board. For more information about safeguarding, please contact: Christina Fairhead Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Telephone: 01484 464090 E-mail: Christina.Fairhead@kirklees.nhs.uk

Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy: have your say The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Kirklees sets out the vision for improving the health and wellbeing of local people and reducing inequalities at every stage of people’s lives by 2020. This strategy was compiled in partnership by representatives from NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, NHS North Kirklees CCG, NHS Kirklees, Kirklees Council and the Local Involvement Network. The draft of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is now available for your reference and feedback at www.kirkleespartnership.org Make sure you share your views on it by 27 July 2012.

Contact us We’re always keen to hear your views and opinions or to answer any questions that you may have.  We’re happy for you to contact us as follows: Online feedback form: www.kirklees.nhs.uk/greaterhuddersfield/contact-us E-mail: ghcc.commissioning@kirklees.nhs.uk Telephone: 01484 464113

HealthWatch consultation event In partnership with the University of Huddersfield and Kirklees Council, we presented and discussed the changing landscape for health and social care services in Kirklees: ‘New Perspectives, New Possibilities.’ The event was well attended by academics, students, representatives of local statutory and third sector organisations as well as practice staff and the public. Dr Steve Ollerton presented at the event, which can be viewed at www.kirkleeslocaltv.com For a full schedule of our up and coming events, please visit www.kirklees.nhs.uk/greaterhuddersfield

Healthnews Issue 1 July 2012 NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group


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