NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has taken the difficult decision to not renew funding to 14 local community groups.
Several million pounds of CCG funding has been invested in voluntary and community organisations over the last few years, in a bid to develop capacity and services in partnership with NHS service providers, offering sustainable health and care support to the people of Calderdale.
We are clear that our investment has delivered significant benefits for both individuals and the wider community, but due to significant budgetary pressures imposed on us, will not be able to make further awards in the immediate future.
Austerity measures are having an increasing impact on the financial positions of public sector organisations, including Calderdale CCG. This coupled with our obligation to support our current inefficient and outdated model of hospital care means we must find savings of at least £5 million to meet strict financial targets for 2017/18.
The CCG has put in place comprehensive financial recovery measures in an attempt to close the funding gap. This involves reviewing every single penny that we invest in local health and care services.
We’re being forced to make painful decisions and take steps which feel completely at odds with our commitment to provide accessible, person-focussed care in the community, under our Care Closer to Home initiative.
However, this does not signal a change in our focus. We remain completely committed to harnessing the dedication, passion and expertise of Calderdale’s voluntary and community groups to deliver a more efficient hospital service, underpinned by effective, community-led, person focussed care.
We are already working tirelessly to secure future funding to enable the next stage of our Care Closer to Home initiative in the months ahead. This will include conversations with Calderdale Council, who are themselves having to make reductions to their voluntary sector grants and commissioning budgets.
We would like to sincerely thank the voluntary and community groups that shown such commitment to working with us in improving the health and wellbeing of local people in Calderdale. Their work has provided invaluable lessons in delivering community-led, person centred services, improving the lives of countless people across our region.
We remain convinced that the only way we can deliver true Care Closer to Home is by working hand in hand with our voluntary and community sector partners. We look forward to continuing our pioneering work together in the future.