Older People’s healthcare consultation to take place at ‘early opportunity’

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Residents could be asked for their views on initial proposals for improving older people’s healthcare across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough from next month.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CPCCG) Governing Body has endorsed a recommendation from its Older People’s Programme Board to launch a public consultation.

The CCG intends to seek views on the proposals for improving healthcare put forward in January by organisations taking part in the Integrated Older People’s Pathway and Adult Community Services procurement.

Some key organisations, including NHS England, who oversee the work of CCGs, still need to agree the consultation before it can take place, but if they give it the go-ahead, it will start in March.

Three options of when to hold the public consultation were considered, the other two options would have started in the summer.

Older People’s Programme Clinical Lead Dr Arnold Fertig said: “While the timescale is challenging, we feel we have now reached a point in the procurement process where we have enough information to hold a meaningful public consultation.

“Holding the consultation at this stage, which is an early opportunity, would mean the organisations going forward to the next stage procurement process will be able to take patients’ views into account as they develop their full solutions for improving healthcare for older people.”

The full details of the public consultation are expected to be considered by the CPCCG’s Governing Body at its next meeting on 4 March 2014.

More information on the Older People’s Programme can be found on the Older People’s Programme page on the CCG’s website http://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/older-peoples-programme.htm

Papers relating to Tuesday’s recommendation can be found on the Governing Body meeting papers page - http://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/pages/governing-body-meetings-2014.htm