GOOD NEWS: North, East and West Devon CCG is now dropping plans to ration hearing aids
UPDATE: 13 January
Hearing aid rationing update
It is reported that North, East and West Devon CCG is now dropping plans to ration hearing aids, see http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/commissioning-news/ccg-drops-plan-to-ration-hearing-aids/20008880.article#.VLURg8Ywh0s
John Day/BSA Council Trustee
UPDATE: 8 January 2015
Attention of members is drawn to the following news item:http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/03/hearing-aids-supply-cuts-nhs-depression-dementia?CMP=twt_gu
This article reflects the outcomes of a recent survey of all commissioners in England by Action on Hearing Loss.
More locally, North East and West Devon CCG are now indicating that they will be will be following up previously announced temporary changes to service funding (that included rationing of hearing aids to unilateral fitting only) through involvement of local clinicians. A process of deciding which proposals should progress to the development of formal commissioning policy for implementation in 2015/16 will occur. See http://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/urgent-and-necessary-measures/101305)
John Day/BSA Trustee and Council Member
UPDATE: 3 November 2014
The North Staffs CCG have advised the BSA that a decision could not be made on the proposal in its current format. They have indicated that their next step is to produce a commissioning policy to specify eligibility criteria for hearing aids which reflects the CPAG findings, the local population needs, the learning from engagement and their financial position. This will be reconsidered next year. Further detail is provided in the email (below) and an the following link Hearing aids briefing – October 14 v2. The BSA will be maintaining its close interest in the policy development and decision-making process.
John Day/BSA Trustee and Council Member
From: Dale Ann-Marie (CSU) Staffs and Lancs CSU Sent: 31 October 2014 15:35 To: John Day (BCUHB – Audiology) Subject: North Staffordshire Clinical Commisionning Group – Hearing Aids update and briefing
Thank you for your continued interest and engagement with North Staffordshire CCG over the proposal to decommission hearing aid services for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. The information and feedback supplied by your organisation and the others who have contributed to the engagement exercise and your interest in this process over the previous months have been very useful. We have considered your feedback along with the significant amount of feedback that we have received. Thank you.
We committed to provide an update regarding the proposals to everyone who is interested in this particular matter and we are pleased to include this as attached.
An important part of the process has been presenting our progress and our findings from the engagement that the CCG undertook with patients, the public and interested groups, to local authority health overview and scrutiny committees representing the area that the plans would affect. With this in mind North Staffordshire CCG presented this update to the Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee on September 22. The CCG was also invited to present to the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee at Newcastle Borough Council on September 24 and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Health and Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the 30 September.
The feedback and recommendations from all three committees was presented to the CCG’s Commissioning Finance and Performance Committee who felt a decision could not be made on the proposal in its current format. The next step for the CCG is to produce a commissioning policy to specify eligibility criteria for hearing aids which reflects the CPAG findings, the local population needs, the learning from our engagement and our financial position. This will be taken through a Quality Impact Assessment and an Equality Impact Assessment. It will then be presented to the Commissioning, Finance and Performance Committee next year for discussion and debate. As such, the CCG Governing Body, which meets on the 5th November will receive an update regarding this rather than a final decision.
The wealth of feedback received by the CCG throughout this engagement to date has been invaluable and is a vital ingredient in helping us consider the challenges that clinical commissioners face. We thank you for your continued involvement and for the time and effort you and your colleagues have put into providing the information you have shared with us to date.
Chief Operating Officer
North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group