NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has joined together with the other ten CCGs in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP (WY&H STP) in a Joint Committee which will have a shared health programme of work with the aim of further improving the health and wellbeing of the 2.6 million people living in the area.
The Joint Committee met for the first time on 4 July and will meet thereafter every other month.
The Joint Committee has been given joint delegated power from individual CCGs to make collective decisions around specific work programmes, for example mental health, urgent care and stroke. Local plans, such as the Single Plan for Calderdale, will remain locally determined.
The Committee will work closely with partners including councils, hospitals and community and mental health trusts so that there is a clearer understanding of, and shared solutions to, health priorities to ensure better access to consistently high quality care.
Working together is not new for CCGs. Since their creation in 2012 they have come together to work on these important issues. A key part of their work involves sharing expertise and working closely with all partners, including voluntary and community organisations – to ensure services are fit for the future in a challenging financial environment.
This is a positive step for the people of WY&H and for the STP. The Committee will ensure that decisions that need to be made at a WY&H level can be made with the right clinical input and the right authority from local CCGs. These are meetings held in public chaired by a lay person, and this open approach builds on our good work with Healthwatch and local places on engaging with the public.
Committee meetings will be filmed live and offer members of the public an opportunity to have their say and get involved. In the interest of openness and transparency information about the meetings held in public will be published at www.wyh-jointcommiteeccgs.co.uk
Future scheduled meeting dates are as follows:
Tuesday 4 July 2017
11am – 1pm
Tuesday 5 September 2017
11am – 1pm
Tuesday 7 November 2017
11am – 1pm