The NHS in Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire has joined forces in an initiative called Healthier Together. We think that to provide the best possible healthcare, in the best value for money way, some of our services are going to have to change.
Healthier Together is being managed in the following way:
A Programme Board. This decision-making body is made up of senior managers from the 12 partner organisations, the Chair of the Clinical Senate, the Chair of the Patient and Public Advisory Group and the Senior Responsible Officer.
A Clinical Senate. This is a multidisciplinary group of senior clinicians - hospital doctors, GPs and nurses - from across the South East Midlands area who will, along with patient representatives from the Patient and Public Advisory Group, consider and coordinate any service change proposals from a regional perspective.
The Joint PCT Consultation Board. Prior to the public consultation the Board will approve and sign off the final consultation document. After the consultation the Board will consider the responses to the consultation and take decisions on the proposals.
A Clinical Implementation Group, which will propose the options for service locations identified in the clinical models supported by the Clinical Senate. It will be independently chaired by Professor John Wallwork CBE.
A Commissioners Group. This group’s membership will include representatives from the two PCT clusters and six Clinical Commissioning Groups. Its core role will be to develop the commissioning vision and principles for the South East Midlands area.
A Patient and Public Advisory Group with an independent Chair. The group provides advice and assurance about the review’s public engagement processes and is actively involved in developing proposals. Group members sit on the Programme Board, Clinical Senate and Clinical Working Groups.
Six Clinical Working Groups covering emergency care, planned care, long term conditions, cancer, maternity and children. Each group is chaired by a senior consultant and includes patient representatives, including a member of the Patient and Public Advisory Group, and multidisciplinary clinical representatives from the hospitals.
The work of these various groups is being coordinated by the Programme Management Office. This is now operating from NHS Milton Keynes in Bletchley, under the leadership of Simon Wood, Director of Commissioning at NHS Bedfordshire and Luton. Simon is the Senior Responsible Officer for the Healthier Together programme.
For more information on how the review is structured, contact the Programme Management Office.
No hospitals will close. Northampton, Kettering, Milton Keynes, Luton & Dunstable and Bedford will all continue to provide most local services
All five hospitals will have an A&E and maternity service
Our first priority is safe, sustainable, high quality services
Our recommendations will be based on clinical evidence and local need