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Publication of the West Midlands Clinical Senate Review of the clinical model put forward by the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire Programme

The West Midlands Clinical Senate (WMCS) Review of the clinical model put forward by the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire (FOAHSW) Programme was published at noon today (Thursday 11 June) on the WMCS and three Worcestershire CCG websites.

The FOAHSW Programme Board met yesterday evening and passed the following resolution: 

The Programme Board accepts the findings of the West Midlands Clinical Senate. We believe it gives us a strong platform on which to move forward as the majority of the proposals contained in our Clinical Model are supported. It supports our plans for emergency surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology. It also supports the plans for paediatrics but we note staff and the public need a common understanding about where to take children who require hospital treatment. We also need to confirm there is enough capacity at Worcestershire Royal Hospital for the additional paediatric patients.

The WMCS has endorsed the 2014 Independent Clinical Review panel’s* findings for emergency care however it has not supported the detail of the proposed model for emergency care. The Programme Board will now undertake more detailed work on emergency care pathways for the county so that a model which has widespread clinical support can be finalised. 

This work will be led by Dr Gary Ward in his role as lead for urgent and emergency care. He will lead a working group consisting of emergency medicine clinicians including experts from outside Worcestershire and local GPs, working in co-operation with the West Midlands Clinical Senate, to define the model. He will take account of the Keogh Urgent and Emergency Care Review. The second stage of the Keogh Review, which is due to be published in the near future, will provide a framework that will guide and support commissioners, clinicians and providers in the transformation of urgent and emergency care services.

Whilst there is general consensus around much of the model, board members from Redditch and Bromsgrove reserved support for the resolution pending a Governing Body meeting on Friday at which the West Midlands Clinical Senate report will be considered. The Programme Board is clear in working with Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG to agree a way forward.

As the West Midlands Clinical Senate has supported the plans for emergency surgery, gynaecology and women’s and children’s services the Programme plans to go to public consultation later this year.

Jo Newton, chair of the Programme Board said: “The priority of the Programme Board is about doing what is right for the patients and the people of Worcestershire. Everyone on the Programme Board has the interests of patients at heart and that’s why the independent scrutiny of the model by clinicians in the West Midlands clinical Senate is so important and helpful.

The board acknowledges that the interests of the people of Redditch and Bromsgrove whilst central, represent one part of the wider population and we support collaboration between partners across Worcestershire as the only way to ensure that the whole population has safe and sustainable services.”

Download the full West Midlands Clinical Senate report

More information is available on the website at: www.worcsfuturehospitals.co.uk