We are in a period of unprecedented change in how NHS services are commissioned and provided. The Network brings people together to ensure continuity in service delivery and to make use of the opportunities presented by these changes
How quickly time passes. Especially when you're finding your way in a new landscape - developing new relationships, understanding new systems and trying to make things work quickly end efficiently.
Two years on from 'transition' and south east London is very much embracing the spirit of co-commissioning with good relationships across Councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England and Local Education and Training Boards. Commissioners have plans in place, we continue to see large numbers of people in all our services and we are doing a lot of training with clinical staff from all settings including primary care. We also have new online services in Greenwich and through SH24 in Lambeth and Southwark, all of which are revolutionising the way people access services.
In the coming weeks, I'll be telling you more about all our exciting developments.
I thought a lot about the best way to try and keep everyone up to date with the changes to commissioning arrangements for sexual health and HIV services and a blog seemed the best way forward. Things are changing fast - sexual health services will be commissioned by public health departments in local authorities, HIV clinical services by the National Commissioning Board, termination of pregnancy by Clinical Commissioning Groups. And there's more. It can be confusing but it is more important than ever to understand how it all works and for commissioners and providers to work together to ensure there's a smooth transition.
I will be organising meetings and seminars about the changes and I will come and talk at team meetings if that's helpful. I will endeavour to keep this blog concise and interesting and focus on the main issues and what we need to be doing. I'll also add in links to relevant papers, etc.