CCGs in eight English cities describe their innovations in tackling health challenges | The BMJ

BMJ 2015;351:h5139

NHS clinical commissioners in eight English cities are calling for more support from national NHS bodies to speed up efforts to transform people’s healthcare and wellbeing. They want greater flexibility when it comes to contracting services and sharing data so they can be better informed.

The call came in a report launched this week by the NHS Clinical Commissioners’ Core Cities Network at a conference in London.

Tim Moorhead, who chairs the network, said that clinical leaders in these cities had the knowledge and credibility to make “bold decisions” for their populations.

NHS Clinical Commissioners represents England’s clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). The Core Cities Network represents CCGs in eight “core” cities outside London: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield. Its report said that CCGs were tackling “profound health challenges” as outlined by NHS England’s Five Year Forward View.

It details 15 case studies and interviews with CCG leaders to show the “progress” being made in the transformation of care. The report features programmes of work with the NHS, local councils, the voluntary sector, and other partners to reduce inequalities and improve people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Examples include Sheffield’s pooling of £270m worth of budgets by the local council and the city’s CCG, Liverpool’s efforts to increase people’s physical activity, work by schools in Leeds to improve emotional wellbeing, and large scale “social prescribing” in Newcastle, in which patients with long term conditions are referred to social activities in the community.

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