GP Zone

Decisions from 7 June 2016

At its meeting on 7 June, our Governing Body approved the recommendations made about seven long-term condition services:

  • Changing Faces: A monthly skin camouflage clinic in Truro to support people with scar and skin conditions. NHS Kernow will no longer commission this service from 1 July, 2016 as there is no direct health benefit to people, individuals can self-fund treatment and there are alternative models of support.  
  • Age UK’s Steady On falls service: To reduce incidence of falls-related hospital admissions and costs, embedding falls prevention in the principles of Living Well. NHS Kernow will no longer commission this service from 1 July, 2016 as there was no evidence that the service reduced the number of falls-related admissions and the data and activity provided did not meet the agreed contractual requirements. People who are at risk of falls, or need support, will continue to be supported by local teams.
  • Core Health Consultancy: Provides physical activity groups to help people with long-term neurological conditions to improve and maintain muscular strength mobility, independence, balance and co-ordination, preventing falls and injuries. NHS Kernow will no longer commission this service from 1 July, 2016 as the service was not cost-effective, did not meet the required contracted levels of activity and is not well integrated within key mainstream services such as community rehabilitation teams, neurological advisory service and specialist falls service.
  • Two bereavement counsellors: NHS Kernow will no longer commission this service from 1 July, 2016 as there had been a reduction in demand and people can access this same support through other providers commissioned by us, namely Outlook South West, Be Me,  Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust’s community mental health teams and CRUSE Bereavement Care. 
  • Cornwall Blind: A service that supports people with visual impairment that can’t be corrected through glasses or surgery. NHS Kernow will decommission the existing contract and recommission a new, more cost-effective three-year contract from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019.
  • Connect: Supports people with stroke, communication disability and their carers with peer support through conversation groups, home and hospital befriending to improve wellbeing and and quality of life. NHS Kernow will decommission the existing contract and recommission a new, more cost effective three-year contract from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019.
  • Cruse: A specialist bereavement support service. NHS Kernow will decommission the existing contract and recommission a new cost effective three-year contract from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019. 

The relevant Programme Manager is now working with the service providers on these changes which will ensure individuals will continue to be supported by these services in the most effective and efficient way, with strong reporting arrangements to allow commissioners and providers to improve services on an annual basis.