A dynamic new website which provides information about the commissioning of health services on the Island and how the Island community can get involved and help influence these decisions, has been launched by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (IWCCG).
The www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk website, developed by the IWCCG, is aimed at informing the public about recent changes to the National Health Service and the key developments in finding commissioning solutions to the delivery of health care on the Island.
Information about General Practice, the role of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (IWCCG) and how to get involved and help influence the decisions made around the commissioning of health services for the Island is available. Clinical Leads, driving service re-design projects, and practice representatives for each of the Islands three localities are listed and their roles explained. The ‘Get Involved’ section includes details of patient reference groups within each GP practice and the IWCCGs plans for communicating and engaging with the public together with the commissioning strategy for 2012/2013 is available. Newsletters and news updates can also be read.
Dr John Rivers, IWCCG Chair and Island GP, said: “I am very pleased to see the launch of our new website. It should allow people to understand more what the health reforms really mean for us on the Island. It will give IWCCG a clear voice, helping us to communicate effectively with the Island community.”
Caroline Morris, Head of Primary Care, said: “The website has been designed to reflect the organisations aspirations to be open and transparent. We hope the website helps partners, stakeholders and the public to understand the role of the Island’s CCG and how it is relevant to them. The site will keep professionals in healthcare up-to-date with CCG developments and act as an interactive hub generating opportunities for users to meaningfully engage with the IWCCG.”
The Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group is a membership organization of GP practices on the Island supported by Commissioners and other clinicians. It is working alongside the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and other Provider Services to develop clinical plans and deliver a commissioning programme for the Isle of Wight.
NHS services on the Isle of Wight are undergoing a period of change with, subject to the passage of new legislation, the NHS IW Primary Care Trust (PCT) being abolished in 2013 and commissioning responsibilities passing to the IW clinical commissioning group (IWCCG) , led by Island GP’s. Currently the IW CCG as a Pathfinder is operating in shadow form with commissioning being overseen by the SHIP Cluster (Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth) – a collaborative body of PCT’s. Once it is authorised in late 2012 / early 2013, the IWCCG will operate as an independent statutory body, accountable to the NHS Commissioning Board.
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