Facing financial challenges and transforming services

Published Jul 19, 2016

Following its recent work with PwC and NHS England, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has invited three independent advisors to support the CCG to bring a different perspective and help to develop a detailed financial recovery plan for 2015-16 and system transformation plans for the next three years.

PwC’s report has remarked positively on the CCG’s work to improve the quality of services and it will be continuing with this work. The challenges the CCG faces are financial and compound the need for the impetus to be the transformation of delivering local health and care services.

Dr Mark Hayes, the CCG’s Chief Clinical Officer said: “There is a very serious financial situation to address, a situation that the local health system has been in almost permanently for the last 10 years or so and we are working really hard to remedy the problem which compounds the need for local health and care providers to focus their energies on delivering services closer to home.

“This is a system-wide issue and we will be working closely with our providers and partners to achieve this.

“The CCG is not alone in needing to tackle a deteriorating financial position in delivering health and care in their current form.

“There will be some difficult decisions to make but these will be made in conjunction with local providers, partners and the community who will be invited to be involved and explore alternatives that will help us to achieve our bigger vision.”

The CCG’s senior team has focused on the recommendations in PwC’s report and from these the CCG has formed its own action plan.

Dr Hayes said: “The action plan, which will help the CCG to respond quickly and proactively to PwC’s advice, will be overseen by our Governing Body.”

It is important that the Vale of York community have sight of the report and the CCG’s action plan and these are available to download here.

PwC report
CCG’s action plan

About the independent advisors

Three independent advisors have been invited by the CCG to provide support. They are:

  • Helen Hirst, Chief Officer at NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford District CCGs
  • Tim Lowe, Regional Head of Finance for NHS England (North)
  • Dr Matt Walsh, Chief Officer at NHS Calderdale CCG

Future work

The CCG will be inviting local people to be involved and explore alternatives that will help to achieve its bigger vision of the ‘best in health and wellbeing for everyone’. Details of these conversations will be promoted in the coming weeks.