Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) commission most of the hospital and community NHS services in the local areas for which they are responsible. Commissioning involves deciding what services are needed, and ensuring that they are provided. CCGs are overseen by NHS England, which retains responsibility for commissioning primary care services such as GP and dental services, as well as some specialised hospital services. All GP practices now belong to a CCG, but groups also include other health professionals, such as nurses.
Services CCGs commission include:
- most planned hospital care
- rehabilitative care
- urgent and emergency care (including out-of-hours)
- most community health services
- mental health and learning disability services
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My Health, My Choices
Helping me manage my own care
Many people live with life changing illness for many years, successfully managing their conditions with support from a range of different sources.
What is self-management?
“The ability to live with my condition in my own way, with the best possible
support and information so I can make my own medical and lifestyle choices:
my life, in my hands, with the best possible support to help me”.
(Definition from NHS West Kent CCG’s Patient & Carer Group).
What helps me manage my health?
This is what patients and carers in west Kent have told us is important to them:
- having a personal care plan, developed with them
- having access to peer and emotional support
- getting involved in social activities to reduce isolation
- information tailored to their needs at different stages of their illness
- being signposted to information and resources
- being involved in decisions about how their health is managed
NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to supporting patients - and carers – to manage their own health and be involved in health decisions.
We’re really keen to get more people in west Kent involved in these discussions, to help us design the right approaches with and for local people.
This could be by: joining a network of people online to discuss this topic and provide feedback; attending face to face meetings; joining the west Kent Health Network.
If you’re interested in finding out more or joining any of the above please:
email email@example.com or call 07768 421350.
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