The New Year

So yesterday was April fool’s day yet as is the way of Local Government it’s also the start of the New Year!

The Easter eggs and hot cross buns are but a distant memory and my thoughts turn to the new Clinical Commissioning Groups, the changes to the benefit system and the demise of LINKS and the start-up of Suffolk Healthwatch, all of which I shall be blogging about.

A lot is hoped of from the CCGs and as they have been established I have been involved in their creations firstly working with the senior staff of the old Suffolk PCT and the emerging leading lights of the 3 CCGs that cover Suffolk. I am always reminded of Professor Keith Grint, Professor of Public Leadership, Warwick University Business School who specialises in organisational leadership in the NHS, Local Government and the military who puts up slides and he can do the reorganisation of Local Government since 1945 in a couple of slides; err…… the NHS takes quite a few more.

The key thing is that the CCGs start as they mean to go on using the experience at their disposal working and integrating services with local Government through the Health and Wellbeing boards; one small example of this is how to commission services in communities and through voluntary groups, SCC are experts at this as we have been doing it for a number of years. Yet we have already seen examples of CCGs trying to do this allow and not in partnership with us, early doors yes but we must work together, time will tell.

In Suffolk we have three West, East and Waveney and Great Yarmouth, all three are quite different and the relationship over the coming years will not only be an important part of the role of local Government as we try to be more joined up in the care and support we offer our communities, so will our relationship with Doctors and their practices in our community something to date which has been very limited but when you think about it should not the Doctors practice be front and centre in discussions in our communities, of course they should and this small change will have a big impact in the way Councillors work going forward; If I thought getting an appointment when I’m sick is difficult the community one should be interesting!

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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