Patients and members of the public from across Cannock Chase came together yesterday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS and hear of future plans for improved healthcare.
The occasion was the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group. The event was held at the Aquarius Ballroom in Hednesford.
Rugeley GP Dr Mo Huda, Chair of Cannock Chase CCG, detailed the history of the NHS and outlined the key achievements, from foundation in 1948, to early immunisation successes to the introduction of MRI and CT scans and the development of screening programmes.
He also outlined how the development of one commissioning team covering Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire will improve services for patients. He then talked about how the revolution in digital technology is helping the NHS meet the demands of rising demand, empowering patients to manage long term conditions, greatly enabling more patients to share their views and experiences via social media, and helping clinicians share information in new ways.
Marcus Warnes, the CCGs’ Accountable Officer spoke of key priorities for the next 12 months. Chief among these is the improvement of services for older people with complex health needs and the need for better end-of-life care. He also gave an update on the work of the Together We’re Better partnership that brings together all organisations in Staffordshire that are responsible for delivering health and care.
Pauline Scott, the Practice Manager at Heath Hayes Health Centre then explained how Care Navigation is helping more patients to see the health professional they need first time by trained receptionists signposting people to services other than GP appointments where appropriate.
She said: “So far, already there has been great progress – with over 4,000 care navigations taking place in the Cannock area since November 2017, to help patients understand the most appropriate support or care the first time. This equates to around 715 hours of GP appointment time being saved for other patients.”
Rugeley GP, Dr Mukesh Singh spoke about the work he and colleagues have been doing to address the challenges of the growing number of elderly people who have more than one long term condition, focusing in particular on those people with respiratory conditions.
There were questions from the public on a range of subjects including:
- How the CCG had made savings over the past year and what savings had been made in the bringing together of the administration staff across all 6 CCGs
- How the merger of Burton and Derby Hospitals would affect local people
- How could members of the public get onto the CCG’s Governing Body
- Why some GP practices need to renew their contracts with NHS England and others don’t.
Dr Huda said: “I would like to thank everyone who has attended. I continue to be encouraged by the passion local people show for the NHS on the very day that we celebrate 70 incredible years of achievement.”
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