Public consultation on older people’s healthcare and adult community services starts this month

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Thirteen weeks of public consultation on proposals to improve older people’s healthcare and adult community services will begin on 17 March 2014.

The consultation will ask for residents views on initial proposals put forward by a shortlist of NHS and independent organisations bidding for an NHS-contract for Integrated Older People’s Pathway and Adult Community Services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

More than 50,000 copies of the consultation document will be sent out and more than 25 public meetings across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are being arranged.

The consultation document will also be available online through Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s (C&PCCG) website from March 17.

Residents without internet access, or requiring a printed copy of the document, should call the CCG’s engagement team on 01223-725304.

Residents will have until late June to give their feedback.

Feedback given during the consultation will be considered by the CCG’s Governing Body and then passed on to the short-listed bidders as they develop their initial proposals into full solutions, which they are due to submit to the CCG for consideration in late July, following the public consultation.

Clinical Lead for CCG’s Older People’s Programme Dr Arnold Fertig said: “We feel that better NHS-funded healthcare for older people and adults with long term conditions means care that is delivered in a joined-up way around the needs of the patient.

“We want to gather views on the initial proposals, so that the Bidders we shortlist can take them into account as they put together their more detailed proposals.

“Whether you are an older person or approaching older age yourself, someone with a long term condition, their carer or relative, or whether you’re a fellow GP or other health professional, we want you to let us know what you think.

“Whoever is awarded the NHS-contract to deliver Integrated Older People’s Pathway and Adult Community Services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, care will remain NHS-funded, provided under an NHS contract and free at the point of delivery.”

More information on the Older People’s Programme is available online at www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk or if you do not have online access, please contact the CCG’s engagement team on 01223-725304 for an information leaflet. The team can also be contacted by email at engagement@cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk