Transforming health in Cornwall
Last updated: 02/05/2013
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Cornwall Council is playing a key role, working with our
partners, in how Cornwall's public health services are being
We are working closely with health partners and
colleagues in the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning
Group (Kernow CCG), Royal
Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT), Council of the Isles of Scilly and
other organisations to implement the Government's changes to
the health service in Cornwall.
The NHS will continue to be a key part of preventing poor health
and improving wellbeing and the changes have given a
stronger role to GPs and other local healthcare providers.
We have a number of work groups focussing on the
areas involved in the Government's changes to health services to
make sure they will benefit the people of Cornwall.
More information about work to transform health and care
services in Cornwall
Shadow Health and Wellbeing
Our local shadow Health and Wellbeing Board worked together
between March 2011 and April 2013. The Board has
strong powers to help identify and meet needs across Cornwall
and the Board members will work together to tackle health
Health and Wellbeing Board
One of the responsibilities of the Health and
Wellbeing Board is to produce a Health and Wellbeing
Strategy. The Board has a statutory duty to produce the
Strategy in order to help shape how health and social care services
are delivered to you and how you can access the help you need to
live a happier and healthier life in Cornwall.
The shadow Board undertook a comprehensive programme of
consultation and engagement on a number of priorities to inform the
Strategy. We would like to thank everyone for your
responses, we were overwhelmed by the number of people who took the
time to send us their views. We have prepared an overview of the
responses which you can access below.
The Strategy will remain as a working draft until the Board,
subject to regulations, becomes statutory.
1) Health and
Wellbeing Strategy - working draft
HealthWatch has replaced LINks as a new
statutory body to monitor and review health provision. Our
application to become a HealthWatch
Pathfinder was accepted by the Department of Health.
Our Pathfinder tested the patient
experience in accessing local health and social care hubs and
explore how the independence of the current LINk function can be
maintained in a local solution to HealthWatch. Healthwatch Cornwall is
the consumer champion of adult and children's health and social
care in Cornwall.
NHS Kernow is the new Clinical Commissioning Group which is
the new commissioner of health services for people living in
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. From April 2013, their role is to
buy health services on behalf of local people. This is was formerly
carried out in Cornwall by the NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT).
Council briefing papers and news releases
Other health and social care related
Please visit our Health and Social Care Hubs page for more
information about the health and social care hubs programme.
Please visit our health and social care page for more
information about health care in Cornwall.
Our Health and Adults Overview and Scrutiny
Committee has responsibility for the overview of services which
look after the health and social care of people in Cornwall. The
Committee's work can impact upon a wide range of organisations with
a part to play in keeping people healthy. The Committee also has a
role in ensuring that local people are appropriately involved and
consulted about proposals for any significant changes to health
services in Cornwall.
Support your Royal Cornwall Hospitals and be a part
of their future
Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which includes the West Cornwall
Hospital, St Michael's Hospital and Royal Cornwall Hospital
Treliske, are working to become an NHS Foundation Trust. Being
an NHS Foundation Trust will give their staff and communities
greater freedom and control over the way services are run.
Foundation Trusts need members who are able to stand and vote
in elections for Governors of the NHS Foundation Trust and can
expect to receive regular information about the Trust and be
consulted on plans for its services and future development.
If you would like to become a member, have a say and even get
involved in how these local hospitals are run, visit
your Royal Cornwall Hospitals website.