NHS England. Published online: 19 July 2016.
A new guide to help organisations responsible for planning and commissioning local hearing services for deaf people and those with diminishing hearing is launched by NHS England today (19 July).
The publication – following a key recommendation made in the Action Plan on Hearing Loss last year – has been produced with patient groups, services users, hearing loss charities and healthcare providers.
Many of the organisations and individuals involved will also attend the event to hear how the comprehensive framework will address support for people whose hearing loss is affecting their ability to fully participate in society.
The framework establishes what effective commissioning looks like for CCGs by:
- Ensuring CCGS are supported when choosing good value services for their local populations
- The needs of local people are met by high quality integrated care
- Addressing access and outcome inequalities
- Improving patient choice when it comes to selecting services
- Contracting and monitoring outcomes and referrals from all providers to ensure consistency
It also features a range of local commissioning model case studies, feedback on what matters from those experiencing hearing issues and the principles required before commissioning.
Read the full report here