To support the implementation of the North West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), the eight CCGs involved in delivery of the STP have come together to form the North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (NW London CCGs).
The NW London CCGs will jointly make decisions about some health services provided at a local level. The NW London CCGs set out a proposed governance structure to enable these decisions to made and presented it to each of the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board meetings in November 2017.
As a local Healthwatch we had concerns about how local people will be able to continue to play an active role in shaping health and care services available to them in their local area. We also had concerns about how clear lines of accountability were within the governance structure and whether local people would be able to challenge and influence decisions that affect health and care provision available to them.
We set out our concerns in a paper which we sent to Hammersmith & Fulham CCG; Central London CCG; and West London CCG, and in which we raised a number of questions for the NW London CCGs: Questions put to NWL CCGs
In February, the North West London Collaboration of CCGs, responded to our questions. You can read their response here: North West London CCGs Response to Healthwatch
What are Sustainability and Transformation Plans?
NHS England has told local NHS Organisations to develop new plans for their local area.
These plans are called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).
After speaking to people across the three boroughs, we put together a report about the STPs and how much you know about them in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster. You can find them by going to our reports page.
To help you understand the ‘what, why and how’ of STPs we have also put together an accessible overview of the plans, which you can read here.