University Links Up with Clinical Commissioning Groups to Increase Local Healthcare Opportunities

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Representatives from the University of Worcester and north Worcestershire’s two Clinical Commissioning Groups came together last month to sign a Memorandum of Agreement pledging to benefit health and social care in north Worcestershire.

Simon Hairsnape, Chief Officer of the NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group and Jo Galloway, the organisations’ Executive Nurse, Quality and Patient Safety; visited the University to meet with figures from its Institute of Health and Society.

Mr Hairsnape and Professor David Green, the University of Worcester’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, then signed the declaration, which will see both organisations come together to share expertise to help develop health and social care in north Worcestershire.

The two-year agreement will lead to increased opportunities in workforce development and training, leadership development and research and evaluation, all with a strong focus on patient outcomes.

Dr Jan Quallington, Head of the University’s Institute of Health and Society, explains: “The Institute was delighted to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with both the NHS Bromsgrove and Redditch CCG and the NHS Wyre Forest CCG.

“This agreement is a public commitment from commissioners of services and ourselves in the Institute of Health and Society to work closely together to ensure that future services most effectively meet the needs of the population in our region.

“This collaboration is an important opportunity to work more closely with commissioners to develop education programmes to meet current and future service requirements. The Institute will also support the CCGs in undertaking research and evaluation to ensure that the services received by people in north Worcestershire are best practice based on good evidence.”

Mr Hairsnape added: “The University has a major role in developing future front line NHS staff. It also has a real commitment to health related research.

“Both these issues are key aims for the CCGs and I am therefore delighted that we are formally recognising a shared commitment through this agreement.”

NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG are responsible for planning and paying for health services and monitoring the quality of these services in their respective areas.