Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs to work together to make the best use of resources
NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have made a commitment to work collectively to improve health services and ensure value for money for the local area.
Proposals currently being developed by the three CCGs will ensure there are affordable, high quality health services that meet the needs of close to one million people who live locally.
Many of the proposals will have no impact on patients or the care and treatment they receive.
Where proposals may have an impact on patient services, specific engagement programmes will be carried out to ensure patients and the public are directly involved.
The 2017-18 budget for NHS services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is £1.15 billion. As is well documented, many NHS organisations nationally are operating at a deficit. That is also the case locally and if spending continues at its current rate, this deficit will continue to grow.
CCGs are legally required to keep spending within their budgets. Therefore, in order to develop proposals for wider discussion and consultation with partners, patients and the public, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Governing Bodies have formally committed to working together to achieve these savings and improvements. The proposals will be published in the coming months. So far, savings opportunities of £66 million have been identified for 2017-18. If achieved, this would leave a deficit of £25 million for 2017-18.
This work will form part of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) published in December 2016, and reflects the NHS’s Five Year Forward View, which outlines how all health and social care partners can work together to deliver sustainable care for future generations.
Speaking on behalf of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs, Dr Martin Jones, Clinical Chair of Bristol CCG said:
"Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is a vibrant, dynamic area with a growing and diverse population of nearly one million people. It is also home to a wide range of communities with varying health needs and a significant difference in life expectancy and levels of health."
"Building on our recent work to move towards a single commissioning voice for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, this formal commitment will enable us to work collectively to improve the health of the whole population, reduce health inequalities and ensure NHS services are fit for the long term."
"This may involve some difficult decisions. But in order to protect the widest possible range of healthcare services for the broadest possible population, we will have to ask ourselves, and most importantly the people we serve, how we make the best use of resources to continue to meet local health needs. We look forward to working with partners, patients and the public to ensure they are involved to develop better, more sustainable healthcare services for the people of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire."