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CCG decision on bringing care closer to home

Two clinical commissioning groups have made an important decision about how they will create better healthcare services across North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield.

The Governing Bodies of NHS North Kirklees CCG and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, which are the organisations responsible for planning and buying health services, have today (24 September) decided how community services in their respective areas will be procured (bought).

The decision will support the development of better healthcare services within the community with an emphasis on care being closer to people’s homes or within their homes.  It will also help the CCGs to focus on services that help patients’ recovery and promote independence.

Carol McKenna, Chief Officer of Greater Huddersfield CCG said: ‘This decision means that we can move forward with our plans to improve local services for people who live in North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield and ensure that they have access to the very best care’.

Dr David Kelly, Chair of North Kirklees CCG said: ‘Both CCGs are strongly committed to delivering healthcare which is closer to people’s homes and better integrated with social care services. We know this is what local people want, and now we are in a position to begin the process of procuring services’.

A model of care has been developed following extensive engagement with the public and colleagues from primary, community, secondary and social care sectors, and the voluntary sector.

The CCGs will begin the procurement process in October 2014, with services being in place by October 2015.

Care provided in the community includes community matrons, district nurses and a range of therapy and rehabilitation services.

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