Stories of the people, the place and the areas surrounding Formby. Formby is a coastal town with a beautiful beach, fabulous sand dunes, pine woods, red squirrels all managed by the National Trust. The town boasts an attractive village shopping centre where there's much to see, eat and drink. Because of its popularity, parking close to the beach is limited, often full and large queues form by noon at weekends and bank holidays.
Members of the public who are interested in hearing more about health across Sefton are invited to attend forthcoming governing body meetings for local clinical commissioning groups (CCG).
NHS Southport and Formby CCG is holding its governing body meeting on Wednesday 3 April andNHS South Sefton CCG holds its meeting the following day, Thursday, 4 April.
Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:
“These meetings are held in public so people can stay informed about the work we do. At these meetings members of the public will be able to watch our governing body members make decisions and discuss the work that’s been happening in Sefton over the past months and anything coming up.”
Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said:
“I would encourage you to attend one of our meetings as it’s an excellent way to stay up to date on the work of health commissioners.
“We want to ensure members of the public know what is going on in Sefton and can see how decisions about local health services are made.”
As part of a national engagement exercise, NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a call for views on how targeted amendments to the law could help local and national health organisations work together more effectively to improve services for patients.
The suggestions include changing the law to:
• Encourage local health organisations to work more closely together, towards a shared goal of improving the health of the communities they serve, the quality of services, and the sustainability of the NHS;
• Reduce delays and costs associated with current procurement processes, while maintaining patient choice and introducing a new ‘best value’ test to ensure value for money for taxpayers;
• Allow different health organisations – such as hospitals, groups of GPs and voluntary groups and social enterprises – to come together to provide joined-up services which better meet the needs of local people in partnership with local government, and;
• Remove the barriers to greater coordination between the national NHS organisations, creating a single national voice for the NHS and making it easier to work together on the most important issues facing the health service, such as prevention, the workforce, and harnessing the opportunities presented by digital technology.
For further information about the proposals and how you and your stakeholders can get involved, visit NHS England’s website.