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Have your say on proposed changes to local NHS policies

27 Feb 2019

The NHS in Liverpool wants to hear your thoughts as they review a range of policies to help ensure NHS resources are used on the most effective treatments.

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Halton, Liverpool, Southport and Formby, South Sefton, St Helens and Warrington are reviewing a group of policies known as Criteria Based Clinical Treatments (CBCT). These are procedures or treatments that are offered only when a patient meets set clinical criteria.

The aim is to keep NHS care up to date with the latest national clinical guidelines, methods and technology, whilst also offering value for money and making the best use of NHS resources.

The first two phases of the review were carried out from June to December 2017. The first phase involved the review of 36 policies, 18 of which required a degree of change for patients and were the subject of a three-month period of public and clinical engagement. The second phase involved reviewing 17 policies relating to back pain which have been updated in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) back pain and sciatica guidelines released in November 2016.

Now this latest phase of the review sees the public being asked to provide views on six policies: Botulinum toxin A and B; Continuous glucose monitoring systems; Cough assist devices; Insulin pumps; Secondary care administered peripheral joint injections; and Transanal irrigation.

The information gathered will be used to help develop new or revised polices.

More details on proposed changes to the policies being reviewed, along with an online survey, can be found here

The survey opens on Monday 25th February 2019 and will close on the 7th July 2019, except for Liverpool where the survey will be available from Wednesday 27th February.

No final decisions have been made at this stage and it is important that as many people as possible give their views to help shape local NHS policies for the future.  Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an Individual Funding Request (IFR) where appropriate.

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