I spent most of an afternoon recently observing the monthly meeting of Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):
Observing the Southport and Formby clinical commissioning group board meeting. Long and complex agenda interesting focus on patients needs.— Formby Village (@FormbyVillage) September 25, 2013
Here's a very revealing graphic I've extracted from one of the 300+ page agenda items.
This is the age profile of the GP registered patients in the Southport and Formby CCG practices. It clearly shows a declining population between the ages of 0 - 39 years compared to the rest of England.
It also illustrates the dramatic increase in the aging population from 55 - 85+ compared to the rest of England. I recently heard a spokeperson from Sefton suggest that our CCG area is leading a national trend and
Our area is a reflection of what the UK will look like in 25 years time
The implications are enormous for a whole host of reasons, healthcare and costs, family support, appropriate housing, access to services, shops and transport for the increasingly frail. I'm sure you can add to this list.
Our local planners, politicians and service providers have work to do.
This information and more is available on the Southport and Formby CCG web site.
Our Governing Body members meet in public every two months to discuss and agree our work. They make descisions about NHS SFCCG’s work on behalf of all member GP practices.
Anyone with an interest in local health is welcome to come along and listen to the discussions at these meetings. To confirm your attendance at a future meeting, please call 0151 247 7000.
Papers will be available to download from the links below prior to meetings:
If you're concerned and interested why not join me at these meetings there's an opportunity to ask questions in the period just before the start of formal business. If you've a question you want me to ask let me know.