Agenda item

NHS GCCG Clinical Chair and Accountable Officers Report

To note the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (GCCG) Clinical Chair and Accountable Officers Information Report (November 2021).

Minutes:

Mary Hutton and Dr Andy Seymour introduced the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (GCCG) Clinical Chair and Accountable Officer Report.

 

Updating members on the award of elective recovery and targeted investment funding, it was reported that, as part of the 2021/22 operational planning investment programme, the Government had set up a national £700m Targeted Investment Fund (TIF) to aid elective recovery across the NHS during the second half of 2021/22. The Gloucestershire ICS had submitted a significant number of bids, of which 11 bids had been approved by the NHS England regional team for funding.

 

It was confirmed that funding awarded to Gloucestershire ICS totalled £6.756m, of which £6.483m would be invested as capital funding to fund equipment, digital developments and physical infrastructure. It was anticipated that all schemes would be delivered during the next 5 months. Members were advised that this would have a significant impact on the Gloucestershire elective recovery programme, by helping to reduce long waiting periods for patients and provide necessary support to staff in delivering the best possible care for patients.

 

Based on the 10 principles set out in the published information report, the Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB) is expected to develop a system-wide strategy for engaging with people and communities. To gather information on the experiences and aspirations of people who use Gloucestershire’s care and support services, it was explained that the aim was to consider current NHS (ICP) working practices by engaging with people, communities and staff over the next few months to prepare for the launch of the ICS in 2022. Further information on the engagement process can be found on the ‘Get Involved in Gloucestershire’ online participation platform at https://getinvolved.glos.nhs.uk/ 

 

Members were advised that a detailed ICS development update would be presented at the HOSC meeting on 11 January 2022. For further updates, it was suggested that it might be useful to include some examples of the outcomes of the engagement process and the work of the ICP, and this was noted. Action by – NHS GCCG

 

Providing an update on the Forest of Dean Community Hospital, it was confirmed that a full planning application had been submitted for a new hospital based on feedback from the Forest of Dean community and colleagues across the NHS, in addition to ongoing discussions with site neighbours and further work on design and materials. The planning application had been submitted to Forest of Dean District Council on Friday 8 October 2021, including proposals for a Minor Injuries unit with separate adult and children’s waiting areas, x-ray, radiology and ultrasound services, consulting and treatment rooms for outpatient clinics, children’s clinic area, endoscopy suite and clinic space for dentistry and podiatry.

 

Members were reminded that progress on aspects of the NHS Winter Plan would be provided through reports and presentations at the January HOSC meeting, followed by an in-depth review at the March meeting. One member requested that information on respiratory hub clinics be included in the update, plus an overview of the work of first responders in easing pressures on SWAST and the request was noted. Action by – NHS GCCG.

 

Responding to concerns about the work of voluntary organisations to support the delivery of NHS vaccination programmes; a perceived lack of clinical support and increased pressures on 111 calls, members were informed that detailed updates would be provided as part of the Primary Care Presentation and regular Performance Report to the committee at the January 2022 HOSC meeting.

 

The report was noted.

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