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Clinical group joins together to look at next stages of health transformation

20th April 2016

Over 100 clinicians, health professionals, patient representatives and members of the voluntary sector came together last night to help plan the way forward for health services for patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales.

The “Clinical Reference Group” concentrated on developing plans for transforming hospital, primary and community based services.

Afterwards Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG said: “ It was a brilliant meeting, bringing together many partners, with lots of enthusiasm and giving us clear steps to go forward.”

The meeting re-established some of the basic principles behind the NHS Future Fit programme. These included:

• “Home is normal” for care
• An emphasis on prevention
• Acute outcomes for patients are better when services are specialised and centralised
• Doing nothing not being an option

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG said: “There was a well balanced mix of reality,  honest challenge, passion and energy and everyone who attended made a valuable contribution.”

Dr Edwin Borman, Medical Director for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) said: “We all want the safest possible care for local patients and the Clinical Group confirmed that Future Fit principles are the best way of achieving that."

Feedback from the event will be considered soon by the Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
 

 
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Telford and Wrekin’s NHS commissioners meet in public for their latest board meeting tomorrow

12th April 2016

It will be the first meeting of the NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group chaired by Dr Jo Leahy.

Dr Leahy has worked in the Telford area for the last 19 years, and currently works as a locum as well as having most recently been the CCG’s Board GP Member for Primary Care.  She is also committed to supporting her colleagues in Primary Care to deliver the best possible service.

Dr Leahy has taken over from Dr Michael Innes who has returned to full-time GP practice at Stirchley Medical Practice.

Tomorrow’s meeting takes place in public at the Park Lane Centre, Woodside, Telford, TF7 5QZ. It begins at 1.30pm.

Five more pop-up events organised to give people a chance to get in touch with Future Fit

February 2016

An extra five events have been organised to give people from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales an opportunity to have their say about the way NHS Healthcare will be delivered for the next 20 years.

The new NHS Future Fit “pop up” sessions will be held before the end of March, adding to those already announced since the beginning of the year. The new events are in Telford, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Market Drayton.

Appointment of NHS Future Fit Transformation Director

January 2016

Debbie Vogler is the new Programme Director for the NHS Future Fit Programme. Debbie’s appointment follows the departure of Mike Sharon, who recently started a new Director role at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Debbie's previous role was as Director of Business and Enterprise
at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. Whilst she will take on some responsibilities with immediate effect, the full transition to her new role will be completed during January whilst she hands over her current responsibilities at the Trust.Her appointment to the Programme Director role will be on a secondment basis for 2 years and her base will be at William Farr House. She will report into the joint Senior Responsible Owners (SROs) for the NHS Future Fit Programme.

The Programme’s case for change highlights the opportunity to improve the quality of care we provide to our changing population. Changes to the management, scope or structure of the programme need to support this aim, strengthening our ability to implement the clinical model, designed and supported by hundreds of local clinicians and patients. Debbie has been very involved in the NHS Future Fit Programme as the Acute Trust’s executive lead since the programme’s inception over 2 years ago. The skills and experience she brings, together with the opportunity to maintain continuity and organisational memory, were key considerations in making this appointment. This will ensure that we can continue at pace with the critical path, taking us to public consultation by the end of 2016.

Over the coming months we are going to take some hugely significant steps as a health system as we agree the future shape of our acute and community health services. These are critical decisions that aim to safeguard the experience, outcomes and safety of health care for our communities across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales for generations to come.