NHS Greater Glasgow today unveiled initial proposals on the boundaries and principles for developing new Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) – the new organisations which will be responsible for managing a wide range of community based health services and, in dialogue with local authorities, potentially other care services.
to further improve the way local community health services are organised and managed across Scotland. CHPs will build on the work of the existing Local Health Care Co-operatives (LHCCs), which are currently responsible for managing community health services, but will be larger organisations with wider responsibilities and greater influence. Partnership for Care'The creation of CHPs is one of the most fundamental changes outlined in the recent health White Paper ‘
The proposals, which have been developed with NHS Greater Glasgow's six partner local authorities, include plans to develop 8 CHPs in the following areas:
NHS Greater Glasgow is also working with North and South Lanarkshire Councils to develop boundary proposals for the CHPs that will cover the Rutherglen/Cambuslang and Stepps/Moodiesburn areas of Greater Glasgow. As these Lanarkshire CHPs and the proposed West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire CHPs also cover areas which are served by neighbouring health boards, they would be developed in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Argyll and Clyde.
Once initial boundaries and principles have been finalised more detailed plans on how CHPs will be organized and resources will be developed. This work will be done in consultation with staff and partner agencies with the aim of having the new CHPs in place by April 2005.
As well as working closely with independent health contractors, such as GPs, dentists, pharmacists and opticians, it is proposed that CHPs will take over the management of all existing services provided by LHCCs. These include health visiting, district nursing, community-based oral health, physiotherapy, dietetic, speech and language and footcare services. In addition, it is proposed that CHPs should take over responsibility for managing school nursing services and local community-based health promotion teams which are currently managed by Yorkhill NHS Trust and the health promotion department of NHS Greater Glasgow Board respectively.
Proposals on how CHPs should work with a number of other services, which are currently managed within other parts of the NHS or within joint health and social care partnerships with local authorities, will be developed once boundaries have been finalised. These include community child health, adult and older people's mental health, learning disability, physical disability and homeless services.
CHPs will develop closer partnerships with local authorities and hospitals to break down some of the barriers that have traditionally existed between community health, social care and specialist health services. This will create new opportunities to develop additional health services at a local level and make it easier for patients to access all of the health and social care services they require regardless of whether these are provided by their CHP, hospital or local authority. It will also help develop stronger relationships between community health and other local authority services such as housing, leisure and education.
In addition, local communities will be given a greater say in the way their local health services are provided through the creation of new Public Partnership Forums (PPFs) which each CHP will be required to develop. These PPFs will build on existing forums for service users, carers and other patient representative groups.
These initial proposals will be discussed with a wide range of stakeholders over the next few months as part of a formal consultation. A summary leaflet will also be widely distributed to community groups and voluntary organisations to raise awareness of the proposed changes and encourage feedback. Comments are requested by 31 March 2004, although feedback after this date would also be welcomed to inform ongoing discussions.
Anyone interested in commenting on the proposals can write to John C Hamilton, Developing Community Health Partnerships Consultation, NHS Greater Glasgow, Dalian House, 350 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G3 8YZ or email: [email protected] of the CHP consultation paper can be obtained from the NHS Greater Glasgow web site (www.nhsgg.org.uk) or by telephoning 0141 211 3860
For further information, contact - Elsbeth Campbell Tel: 0141 211 3891.