NHS Southend CCG is a Clinical Commissioning Group in south Essex. A CCG is a group of GPs and clinicians which commissions (buys) health services for their local communities.
NHS Southend CCG covers a population of approximately 185,000 in Southend, Leigh, Westcliff and Thorpe Bay, with 35 member practices.
NHS Southend CCG is committed to ensuring the delivery of local, high quality services that meet the specific needs of our population.
With more than 18,000 patients over the age of 75, one of NHS Southend CCG’s priorities will be to help improve care for those with long term conditions who often make unplanned visits to hospital.
We will build on our relationship with Southend Borough Council to ensure a joint approach to health and social care for the residents of Southend. The ultimate aim is to improve the care received and the patient experience while reducing inefficiencies.
Our key objectives are personalisation, integration, and ‘right care first time’.
We are starting to identify those patients who are at highest risk of being admitted to hospital and are putting care plans in place for these patients to stop them being admitted to hospital inappropriately.
These initiatives include Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings. Multi Disciplinary Teams are groups of people each from different disciplines (such as nurses, doctors, therapists, social care workers) who work together in the community using their different but complementary skills, to coordinate and manage the health and care of patients more effectively and efficiently.
Every GP practice in south east Essex now has regular MDT meetings, consisting of at least a GP, social worker and community nurse. This moves away from GP practices giving care involving just the doctor and patient.
We are the lead CCG in south Essex for the development of integrated working. We are working actively in partnership with Southend Borough Council and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) Community Healthcare (our community services provider) to jointly deliver high quality local services for our population. We are beginning to have discussions with Southend Hospital about what specialist services can be delivered in a community setting.
‘Right care first time’
We are committed to ensuring patients access the right service first time and in the most appropriate location. We are committed to ensuring that care for outpatients or those needing diagnostics is as streamlined as possible and focused on the patient’s needs.