We are part of the Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board, who have the responsibility of ensuring that the commissioning plans of CCGs, social care and public health reflect the priorities, objectives and actions set out in its Health and Wellbeing Strategy, promoting joint commissioning wherever it is sensible to do so. Our aligned priorities include:
- children’s welfare
- people taking greater control over their health and wellbeing to lead healthier lifestyles
- the strategy for vulnerable adults
- the elderly living as independently as possible.
Our frail and elderly programme will develop better ways of caring for vulnerable people in our community, reducing the reliance on hospital based care, and helping people to remain healthy at home.
Between January and April 2012, 13,000 people in Northamptonshire told us what they felt the priorities for healthcare should be. Since then, thousands more patients and members of the public have attended events at GP surgeries and community halls as well as coming along to local meetings to be involved in discussions about specific priorities and plans for improving services.
Our health profiling work has clearly identified the major health needs in each locality. A lot of the services we commission are in response to ill health but we need to move to a system that has an emphasis on preventing ill health. The way we can do this is by tackling ‘big’ issues head on and commission services that:
- Prevent premature death as a result of heart disease, stroke and cancer
- Improve how we manage longer term chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma
- Improve health by reducing the number of people who are obese, smoke and drink too much alcohol
- Change the way we deliver services so that we can improve the quality of patient care as well as releasing money to invest in new and innovative treatments
You can read the Commissioning Intentions on the About Us page