NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) is holding two important public meetings this month, and local residents are invited to attend.

The regular Governing Body meeting will be held on Friday 18 September. This meeting is where official business is discussed and formal decisions are made about everything from policies to which health services will be commissioned.

The Governing Body meeting takes place as follows:

  • Date: Friday 18 September
  • Time: 10.30am-1pm
  • Venue: Hollingworth C, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

Decisions are expected to be made on the CCG’s commissioning intentions for 2016-17 and the next steps for improving access to psychological therapies. There will also be updates on primary care standards, integrated commissioning and the CCG’s finances and performance.

Additionally this month, there’s the meeting of the NHS HMR CCG and NHS England Primary Care Joint Commissioning Committee. The CCG now shares commissioning responsibilities for local GP services with NHS England, and together we hold quarterly meetings to discuss official business and make decisions about the commissioning of GP services in the Rochdale borough.

The Primary Care Joint Commissioning Committee meeting takes place as follows:

  • Date: Tuesday 15 September
  • Time: 9.30am-12noon
  • Venue: Hollingworth C, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

There will be updates on seven day access to primary care services and the Greater Manchester Devolution programme, as well as contract review updates for alternative provider medical services and personal medical services.

Public questions are welcome at both meetings and can either be submitted through the website here (please state which meeting the question is for) or asked during the open questions slot at the beginning of the meeting. 

We would ask people who have questions to ask at the meeting to arrive half an hour before the meetings, so we are able to accurately capture the question as well as contact details to ensure a full response is provided. Please report to reception on arrival at Number One Riverside.

Dr Chris Duffy, local GP and Chair of NHS HMR CCG, said: “As an accountable NHS organisation, we have a duty to make sure what we do and how we make our decisions is accessible to the people of Rochdale. After all, it’s your health services we are planning.

“We regularly welcome several members of the public to our meetings and I would encourage anyone who would like to find out more about what the clinical commissioning group is about and how decisions are made to attend one of our meetings. We welcome the opportunity to answer public questions, so please do let us know if there’s anything you would like us to help you with.”

To help make sure decisions and comments made at the meeting are accessible to local people, we tweet live from all Governing Body meetings. Follow us on Twitter @NHSHMR.

The agendas and papers for the meetings, responses to previous public questions and meeting schedules can also be found on the Governing Body and Primary Care Joint Commissioning Committee pages of our website.


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