NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG and NHS Greater Preston CCG are working in partnership with the other six CCGs in Lancashire to review clinical policies across the region.
The eight CCGs across Lancashire have all agreed that there is a need to review their policies in order to ensure a consistent and fair approach; develop a set of principles and policies against which decisions about care and treatment can be made; update current policies in accordance with National Guidelines and best clinical practice (the 3 year review date is now due for many of these policies), and develop collaborative policies across the eight CCGs in Lancashire.
These clinical policies, inherited from Primary Care Trusts, although broadly similar, have offered different approaches and rules. The CCGs recognise that this can lead to confusion and potentially unintended differences in services across the area.
As part of this ongoing process, six draft policies are now available for patient and public engagement and feedback. These policies are: the surgical treatment of Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Tonsillectomy, the surgical release of Trigger Finger, Endoscopic Knee Procedures and Male Circumcision.
Residents are invited to read the draft policy documents and provide their feedback and comments by completing the relevant survey(s). These can all be accessed by visiting the 'review of clinical policies' page on this website.