Local Health Services
Clinical Commissioning Groups are statutory NHS organisations which came in to existence in April 2013. Clinical Commissioning Groups are responsible for planning and designing local health services in England. They do this by 'commissioning' or buying health and care services including:
- Planned hospital care
- Urgent and emergency care
- Rehabilitation care
- Community health services
- Mental health and learning disability services
To do this Clinical Commissioning Groups work with patients and health and social care partners (for example local hospitals, local authorities, local community groups etc) to ensure services meet local needs.
Clinical Commissioning Groups are responsible for arranging emergency and urgent care services within their boundaries, and for commissioning services for any unregistered patients who live in their area. General Practices have to belong to a Clinical Commissioning Group.
There are two Clinical Commissioning Groups that cover Cheshire West and Chester and they are:
You can read more about what the NHS looks like since the changes that took place in April 2013 at the NHS website.
Finding a local NHS service
If you want to find a local NHS service such as a doctor or dentist you can search on NHS UK.
Getting involved with your local NHS
There are a number of ways to get involved with your local NHS:
Look at the Clinical Commissioning Group’s website to see how you can get involved in decision made about local health services.
- West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group - listening to you
- Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group - get involved
Join your Practice Participation Group at your GP practice
- Healthwatch Cheshire West is for local people and communities to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided locally.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 0845 3402859
Other health websites
- BBC Health Gives current news and information on health issues. Provides a guide for improving health and developing healthy living.
- Change for life Ideas to help families eat well, move more and live longer providing healthy food and activity tips.
- Department of Health Comprises are large number of directorates to support public health, adult social care, and the NHS.
- Disabled Go This website, designed in consultation with disabled people, provides detailed information about access to all kinds of places - hotels, restaurants, colleges, tourist attractions, libraries, hospitals, leisure centres etc. You can also search for jobs, catch up on the latest disability news, advertise events, post articles and join discussions on the forum.
- Dr Foster Information on UK healthcare services. Includes how to find a consultant and services available at each hospital.
- Health talk online website which shares other patients’ experiences of health and illness. Also provides an online forum.
- Infolink Cheshire directory of health and other services in central and eastern Cheshire as well as national services.
- NHS Choices This NHS website provides detailed information on health conditions and treatments, healthy lifestyle, caring, news, and health services near you.
- NICE National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence provides key information for health care professionals and welcomes participation by the public, carers, and patients.
- Patient UK local medical information and support.