Below is a summary of the key parts of the new NHS structure in Calderdale:
Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is the group of GPs that will, from April 2013, be responsible for commissioning (buying) health and care services. The CCG will therefore be the key body in deciding whether Health Services in Calderdale remain in the public sector or become privatised.
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The NHS Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield District Cluster Board is responsible for the strategy, plans and performance of NHS Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield District. It also assesses the delivery of health services in the locality.
In 2011, NHS Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield District Primary Care Trusts clustered together to operate a single Board. Primary Care Trusts are due to be abolished on 1 April 2013.
The Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Executive is currently a subcommittee of the Cluster Board.
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Calderdale Health and Wellbeing Board (CHWB) is a partnership committee between Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale. According to the Department of Health web site:
“The Health and Social Care Act 2012 establishes health and wellbeing boards as a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities.
“(Health and wellbeing boards) will undertake the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and develop a joint strategy for how these needs can be best addressed.
While the Health and Wellbeing Board has statutory responsibilities, it has little statutory power. NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Executive is a partner within the Health and Wellbeing Board but is not accountable to it. While CHWB is responsible for drawing up a Health and Wellbeing Strategy, it is either the NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Executive, the Cabinet of Calderdale Council, or both together that will actually commission (buy) services. It is doubtful whether CHWB will even have any meaningful scrutiny function over service delivery.
Links to minutes and papers for the Calderdale Board can be found on Calderdale Council’s web site and meetings are open to the public.
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Calderdale Local Healthwatch – according to the Calderdale Local Healthwatch web site:
“Healthwatch will be the independent consumer champion for the public to provide better outcomes in health and social care services.”
Voluntary Action Calderdale has won the tender to run Calderdale Local Healthwatch. A separate tendering process in conjunction with Kirklees Council has been taking place for a Complaints Advocacy service.