It is normal and good practice for us to regularly review our services to identify where improvements can be made, or to discontinue funding them where there is no identified benefit to individuals, or if a service is no longer required.
Decisions are based on a range of criteria including value for money, outcomes, clinical effectiveness, patient experience and their fit within the strategic direction of the health and social care system.
Checks are in place to ensure we understand what positive or negative benefits may be experienced by the system, or by individuals if:
Our clinical leads and commissioning managers work closely with a range of people. This includes service providers, people who use the services, clinicians and health and social care staff – in a manner proportionate to the size and value of the service. Their views are considered as part of the recommendation made to our Governing Body to inform decisions.
Read our commissioning services review policy and procedure (PDF, 613 KB).
Clinical commissioning groups have a primary responsibility to commission care for the local population. In doing so, we have a range of statutory, legal and ethical duties, including a responsibility to make good use of public resources. We have a statutory duty not to exceed our annual financial allocations, while we also need to make substantial savings in order to continue to meet increasing demand. We are therefore faced with difficult decisions about which services to provide for our populations, prioritising within finite resources.
Decision making involves the exercise of judgement and discretion. The purpose of this framework is to support clear, consistent, equitable and well-communicated decision making within limited resources.
This framework is slim and broken into 3 discreet areas.
Read our decision making framework (PDF, 575 KB).