Improving Healthcare Together Issues Paper June 2018
We, the clinical leaders for NHS Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), are a body of experienced local GPs who lead the organisations responsible for planning care for our patients and communities. We want to ensure the very best quality of care is available to our patients and communities, and that it is sustainable into the future from buildings which are fit for purpose.
To do this, we have come together to resolve the long-standing healthcare challenges with our Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030 programme. We believe there is a compelling set of reasons why change has to happen now and we want to share these with you.
At the heart of our vision is wanting to keep you well, and for as much care to be delivered as close to your home as possible. We want to do this in a joined-up way with GPs and clinicians from hospitals, community and mental health organisations, working together alongside social care practitioners and the voluntary sector.
We also need to ensure that when you are seriously unwell or at risk of becoming seriously unwell, you have access to the highest quality care, available at any time of day or night and on any day of the week.
We also need to ensure that when you are seriously unwell or at risk of becoming seriously unwell, you have access to the highest quality care, available at any time of day or night and on any day of the week. We are committed to keeping hospital services within the combined geographies of the three clinical commissioning groups and so we are not proposing any solutions which will result in hospital-based services being moved from our area.
Finding potential solutions
We have looked at all the different ways we could deliver this vision and address our challenges and we have come to a provisional view that there are three ways we could do this. It is important to state that we have made no decisions on which solution is best.
What we are certain of is that if we do not resolve these issues now, we will not be able to maintain all the services we currently provide locally and which our population need.
In this document, and the information we have published on our website, we want to share how we have got to these three potential solutions. This is the start of our conversation with you about this, and we are looking forward to hearing your views.
Following your feedback, we are aiming to have a public consultation in early 2019 when we have a view on our preferred solution. We want to involve you throughout this process and for everyone to have the opportunity to have their say.