The NHS is facing a significant challenge over the coming years and - both across the UK and locally - there is a need to become more efficient whilst further improving the care we give to our patients.
The hospitals in south west London have areas of excellence in the services they provide and we know we can learn from and share these successes to improve the quality of care patients receive, as well as protect, enhance and develop services for the future.
Local doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, as well as patient representatives, from across south west London and the parts of Surrey served by Epsom Hospital, are working together to review health services in the area.
The review is called 'Better Services Better Value' and is being led by the six south west London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs):
NHS England is responsible for assuring that the programme is properly managed and also has a role in commissioning specialist services.
Six 'clinical working groups' have been looking at the following areas of care:
planned care and end of life care;
urgent, unscheduled and emergency care;
maternity and newborn care;
mental health, long term conditions and staying healthy;
specialist services under London review (for example cancer, cardiac and paediatrics) (this group will convene as required).
Importantly, it was clinicians who decided they need to begin the review to make sure we protect and enhance services in south west London for patients in the long term.
The review has now published its recommendations for future service configurations and a decision whether or not to take these to formal consultation is expected to be taken by the CCGs in June. If the decision is to proceed, then this would be followed by a 12 week public consultation (originally it was 14 weeks, had it been over the summer).
The outcome of the consultation and formal decisions would not be known until early 2014. This would be followed by detailed implementation planning and preparation before service changes are implemented around about 2017/18.
Full details of the programme can be found on the BSBV website.
13 June 2013 - An update from our Chief Executive, Matthew Hopkins
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3 May 2013 - A message from our Chief Executive, Matthew Hopkins
25 February 2013 - A message from our Chief Executive, Matthew Hopkins
21 February 2013 - A message from our Chief Executive, Matthew Hopkins
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30 August 2012 - A message from our Chief Executive, Matthew Hopkins
On 9 May 2012, a 'scoring' panel of 60 people, made up of council officers, GPs, patient groups and NHS representatives from the six boroughs of south west London recommended that St Helier Hospital could - potentially - lose its A&E and maternity units (and, in turn, become a dedicated planned care centre for elective surgery).
All the latest news from the review, including recent developments, is available on the BSBV website .