Lambeth GPs get national recognition for The BIG Lambeth Health Debate
The work of Lambeth GPs to find out what people think is important when it comes to local health services was recognised last night in a publication launched by the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, MP and Chair of the Parliamentary Health Select Committee, together with the President and Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the Co-Chairs of the NHSCC Leadership Group.
NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) engagement through the BIG Lambeth Health Debate has been highlighted as a shining example alongside other CCG success stories in the publication entitled, 'Taking the lead: How Clinical Commissioning Groups are changing the face of the NHS'. The BIG Lambeth Health Debate engaged more than 800 local people in discussions on the future of health in Lambeth. There were meetings, events, online surveys, discussions and social media campaigning.
GPs met with local people and partner agencies to talk about improving health, improving the NHS, reducing inequalities in health and making the money work harder. The outcome from the BIG Lambeth Health Debate engagement is being used as part of the CCGs new five-year commissioning strategy.
Stephen Dorrell wrote in his foreword that the publication provided hard examples of CCGs engaging with local clinicians and service providers in order to deliver service change that made a real difference.
Dr Adrian McLachlan Lambeth CCG chair said: “This publication is about real change. It’s about CCGs like Lambeth putting clinicians in the driving seat and it shows that a fundamental shift has taken place. As such it is wonderful that the work undertaken in Lambeth has been so noteworthy that it has been included in this publication.”
Dr Adrian McLachlan added: “CCGs were born less than a year ago and yet already the proof is right here in front of us. Our story says it all. When commissioning is placed in the hands of clinicians - they quickly start to make services better for patients.”