SHCA publishes report of meetings with NHS England's Area Teams

Between June and October 2013, the Specialised Healthcare Alliance held meetings with each of the 10 Area Teams with responsibility for specialised commissioning. The Alliance sought to gain a better understanding of how the new arrangements for specialised services were working in practice and to discuss the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.

A summary of the findings from this series of meetings has now been published. Amongst the key observations from the meetings were:

• the urgent need to communicate the merits of the new arrangements to CCGs and HWBs;
• the importance of developing accurate budgets and to avoid mid-year top-slicing which could inflame those relationships and potentially prejudice patient care;
• the need to clarify the role of Area Teams in patient and public engagement;
• the weak nature of relationships with area representatives on CRGs.

The summary report is available here: SHCA Area Team Meetings 2013 – Summary of Findings