With the passage of the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill, it is clear that the NHS is set for change. One of the key strands of the Act is to put GPs and other clinicians in the driving seat for the commissioning (buying) of health services to meet the needs of local people.

An early decision taken by GPs in Gloucestershire was to set up a single county-wide Clinical Commisioning Group, supported by Locality Executive Groups. This will ensure that local needs are identified and met and also ensure that decisions can be made at county (CCG) level when needed.

Our Constitution – Have your say

We have now produced our draft constitution. This describes how we will make sure that the new organisation is well governed and is accountable to the public. It will be reviewed every 3 years with the involvement of clinicians, the public, patients, carers, community partners and staff.

We would really like to hear your views before reviewing and finalising our constitution.

A summary of the main points is given within the draft constitution document which is available here. You can then complete the short on-line questionnaire or provide feedback in writing to:

Caroline Smith, Community Involvement Manger,
NHS Gloucestershire, Sanger House,
5220 Valiant Court,GloucesterBusiness Park, Brockworth GL3 4FE.

We would also encourage you to read the full constitution.  Paper copies of both documents are available on request by calling GUiDE & PALS on 0800 015 1548. Email: community.pals@glos.nhs.uk.