Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England are required by law to encourage the involvement of patients and carers in their own health and care. The Five Year Forward View outlined the need for the NHS to have a better relationship with patients, carers and the public to promote wellbeing and prevent ill-health.
Within the health and care system, this will mean changing from being a reactive system, dealing with emergency needs, to one that is proactive and focuses more on improving health and wellbeing.
Together, members of the Commissioning for Person-centred Care Working Group have been working to understand these issues. Patients, commissioners and providers from across England come together quarterly to share learning, challenge one another and policy makers in NHS England. They share examples of innovation and good practice, so that local populations have the chance to benefit from new ways of working.
To read more about this work or to become a member of the group, you can read the blog from the Group’s Chair, Dr Katie Coleman (Vice-Chair, Islington CCG).