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Planned Care Policies for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Planned care means non-emergency operations and treatment

We would like to hear your views about 101 policies that describe when and how planned care operations and treatment are carried out.

Planned care is the term used to describe the non-emergency operations and treatment that are carried out in hospital and in the community, with appointments arranged in advance. Some examples of these are hip and knee replacements, operations to correct a cataract, joint injections and varicose vein surgery.

Policies are used by health professionals to give clear guidance on when a referral should be made for treatment in hospital. Policies also make sure that NHS resources are used in the best possible way and are used fairly for everyone.

What is happening

Our local doctors have looked at a range of policies to decide whether they are suitable for patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Following the review, it has been agreed that:

  • 2 existing policies will be changed so that patients receive better care. Any treatment that is given will be based on best medical advice and be the right decision for their individual medical problem.
  • 50 new policies will be introduced. These new policies simply describe what is already happening in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland although they do not currently have a formal policy in place. It means that from now on it will be clearer which operations and treatment will be carried out and it will be fair for everyone.
  • 49 existing policies have been reviewed and will not be changed

It is important to have policies in place so that doctors have clear guidance on treatments and to make sure that decisions are made consistently and in the same way for each patient. This is not about “rationing” or reducing access to treatment.

We want to make sure that patients only have procedures, such as operations, where we know that this will be effective for their particular medical problem and circumstances. We do not want to see patients having to go through an unnecessary operation or other procedure, which can be painful and invasive, only to find that there has been little or no benefit.

This work is being led by the three NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) responsible for planning and buying health services for local people, in partnership with local hospitals, GPs, public health and patient representatives. The three local CCGs are Leicester City CCG, West Leicestershire CCG and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG.

New policies

Where a new policy is being introduced, patients will not receive a different service to the one they do now. The policies describe what actually already happens in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It means that from now on it will be clearer what operations and treatment will be carried out and it will be fair for everyone.

Policies that have changed

For the two policies that have been changed, patients will receive better care. Any treatment that is given will be based on best medical advice and be the right decision for their individual medical problem.

How to share your views

We would like to hear from anyone that might be interested in these policies. We would like to know if you understand them, if you have any questions about them and if there is anything else that you think should be included.

  1. Firstly, you can read about all the policies here.
  2. Then, please complete our survey by 26th September 2018. Please click here to see the survey.

If you would prefer to complete the survey on paper, please call our Engagement and Experience Officer on 0116 295 1116 or email beinvolved@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk

There are also three public events, where you will be able to find out more about the policies and changes that we might make to services in the future.

Places are limited, so if you would like to attend one of the events, please contact us in advance: call our Engagement and Experience Officer on 0116 295 1116 or email beinvolved@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk

Date Location Time
Tuesday 18th September Falcon Hotel, 7 High St E, Uppingham, Oakham LE15 9PY 3pm to 6pm
Thursday 20th September Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, 9 Newarke Street, Leicester, LE1 5SN 10am -1pm
Thursday 20th September Ramada Hotel, 22 High Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 2QL 3pm to 6pm