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Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG Prospectus for Local Acute Hospital Services –   2014/15

**Deadline to give feedback extended - Friday 8th November 2013 **

This draft document is an outline of options for local acute hospital services developed on behalf of NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). We have called this document a prospectus. Following your feedback we will be preparing our draft commissioning plan for 2014/15.

The NHS Act 2006 requires the CCG to prepare a commissioning plan for each financial year. The CCG currently has a plan for 2013/14 and this is reflected in the services we commission on behalf of local people. This prospectus sets out our present thoughts as to our future commissioning intentions for the year 2014/15 and beyond.

The CCG is the NHS commissioner of hospital services for the people of Redditch and Bromsgrove. These services are provided from a number of hospitals within and outside of the county. However, most local services are provided by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) from the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. At the beginning of the prospectus we explain why we have produced this document and how it will be used to ensure that local people have access to the widest possible range of high quality hospital services which are clinically and financially sustainable into the future.

Over the last 18 months, our major local provider, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been reviewing services (the Joint Services Review) across its three sites in Redditch, Worcester and Kidderminster. The purpose of this prospectus is to give a clear and concise summary of our commissioning intentions for those services we commission and to seek your feedback on our proposals.

We fully recognise that our commissioning arrangements for local people need to ensure the best possible solution for patients and that this will affect not only the residents of Redditch and Bromsgrove and Worcestershire, but also the wider health economy of the West Midlands. We are therefore working closely with a number of other NHS bodies.

We also recognise that as a result of the Joint Services Review process, changes to local services may be proposed. If this occurs, we will need to carefully consider our response, and in doing so we will compare any proposed changes against this prospectus and the views we have received from you in relation to it.

As part of the ongoing review of local hospital services, and our response to it, we will be making arrangements to explain the next steps in more detail in order to receive public feedback. We understand concerns that the process is taking a long time but these are very complex issues and it is important that we get the process and decisions right for the people of Redditch and Bromsgrove.

How to give your feedback on this draft prospectus?

We welcome your views on any aspect of this draft prospectus, and particularly want to hear your views on our commissioning intentions for local acute hospital services in 2014/15.

We would particularly like you to consider the following questions:

•         What are your thoughts on the Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG Draft Prospectus for Local Acute Hospital Services 2014/15?

•         Do you agree with the clinical comments and priorities?

•         What are the key issues that need to be taken into account?

•         Do you have any other comments about this prospectus?

This is a draft prospectus. To provide your feedback:

email us at rbccg@nhs.net    

or write to

Simon Hairsnape, Chief Officer,

Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG,

Barnsley Court,

Barnsley Hall Road,

Bromsgrove,

B61 0TX.

The Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG Patient and Public Involvement Forum will also be engaging with the public.

For more information about that forum and how to respond or otherwise get involved please visit http://www.redditchandbromsgroveccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/   

Further Information: Redditch & Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group Prospectus Leaflet. 

NB. If you require a hard copy of the draft prospectus then please contact the CCG who will be able to provide a black and white printed copy of the document.