NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG is responsible for commissioning (buying) health services to meet the health needs of the local population. In addition, we monitor, evaluate and manage the performance of those services, ensuring they are safe and clinically cost effective.

National clinical evidence is continually changing and therefore we must regularly review and update our commissioning policies. Such reviews ensure that policies are consistent with the most up-to-date published clinical evidence so that treatments proven to be clinically effective can be prioritised.

Over the coming months we will be reviewing our commissioning policies for a range of different NHS-funded treatments which are considered to have value, but only in the right circumstances.

There are currently different policies for NHS-funded treatments in place across our area, which means that patients in one part of the Black Country may be eligible for different treatment to patients in another. We are keen to ensure that treatment is offered fairly and equitably across our area.

We have grouped the treatments into three groups and our review will be carried out in phases, focussing on a group at a time. A list of the treatments can be found here.

We will be talking to patients, communities and partner organisations about each of these groups of treatments over the coming months. It is really important that we hear your views as part of this process.

As the first step in this review, we want to hear your views on the principles which underpin this work. Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire below.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the questionnaire, your views are very important to us. We will be talking to patients and stakeholders again in the next phase of this project when we start looking at the groups of treatments in more detail.

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* 1. Please tell us in the box below the first four digits of your postcode:
e.g. WV1 2

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* 2. Please tell us the area where you live:

Underpinning Principles

Please tell us to what extent you agree or disagree with the following principles which underpin the policy review:

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* 3. To offer procedures and treatments consistently and fairly to patients

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* 4. To end the ‘postcode lottery’ by agreeing the same eligibility criteria for a given treatment regardless of where patients live in the Black Country

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* 5. To ensure that treatment policies are supported by the most up to date clinical guidance and robust clinical evidence

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* 6. To stop clinical practices that do not offer clinical benefits to patients, or have very limited clinical evidence base for effectiveness

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* 7. To prioritise treatments which provide the greatest benefits to patients

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* 8. Do you have any other comments you would like to make about this approach to reviewing policies for NHS-funded treatments across the area?