Telford’s health commissioners propose joint decision making process with Shropshire colleagues on hospital services

Telford & Wrekin’s Health Commissioners today agreed to work with their Shropshire Commissioning colleagues to develop a joint response to the Strategic Outline Case (SOC) that describes the proposals for the future sustainability of acute hospital services.

The decision was made when the Governance Board of Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) today held an Extraordinary Meeting to further discuss a way forward with the SOC.

This followed a Clinical Reference Group (CRG) meeting last week to help plan the way forward for health services for patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales Both CCGs felt before making a decision on support of the SOC, it was important to get feedback from the CRG which was attended by over 130 clinicians, health professionals, local authority colleagues, patient representatives and members of the voluntary sector.

The meeting re-established some of the basic principles behind the NHS Future Fit programme including an acceptance that “doing nothing” was not an option.

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG said: “It was a meeting with lots of enthusiasm and a well balanced mix of reality and honest challenge giving clarity on the steps going forward.”

“Following consideration of the feedback today and further discussion, we acknowledged the more detailed work needed to take place. We will now work with all partners to do more detailed work.”

These areas include:

  • Testing of the assumptions around future activity in the acute and community sectors;
  •  More detailed work on the deliverability of a financially sustainable model across all services
  • Most importantly, a more detailed understanding of the long term sustainability of a SOC that offers two vibrant hospitals and whether it will address the most critical workforce issues in both hospital and community services.

Dr Leahy said: “We appreciate the SOC is an outline plan and would not be expected to fully address this detail, but it would be expected that all of the reservations outlined both at the CRG meeting and at the Board could be addressed prior to moving on to the next level, which is to develop an Outline Business Case (OBC).

“We have therefore concluded today that a joint Extraordinary Board Meeting is held alongside Shropshire CCG to confirm whether both organisations recognise and support the necessary essential work required in the next phase . We will now formally make that proposal to Shropshire CCG. We will inform the public of the next steps as soon as possible.”