Residents encouraged to have their say on Clinical Commissioning Group policies

NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working in partnership with the other seven CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria to review clinical policies across the region.

The eight CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria have all agreed that there is a need to review their clinical policies in order to: ensure a consistent and fair approach; update current policies in accordance with National Guidelines and best clinical practice and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

Residents of West Lancashire are therefore invited to read the revised draft policy on complementary and alternative therapies and the new draft policy for rehabilitation after damage to the facial nerve. They can then provide their feedback and comments by completing the relevant survey. This can all be accessed by visiting the CCG’s website: www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/. If any residents do not have access to a computer and would like the policies and survey posted to them, please contact the CCG on 01695 588 000.

Greg Mitten, chief officer of West Lancs CVS and lay member for patient and public involvement at NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “The CCG is responsible for commissioning a wide range of clinical services, including GP services, hospital services, community, mental health and learning disability services, for and on behalf of, the local population of which we serve.

“We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent manner but in so doing we must take into account the limited resources we have.

“A key role for the CCG is to develop clinical policies that help us make decisions about the use of those limited resources.

“We would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG website and have their say.”

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