NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group Priority Survey

Your local health services are changing. Family doctors (GPs) have always been involved in looking at how and hwere different NHS services should be run. Now GPs are taking a more formal role and from April 2013 will be responsible for deciding how your local NHS budget is spent in partnership with professionals and patients.

These plans are set out in the Health And Social Care Act, which became law earlier this year. Under the Act, groups of GPs called clinical commissioning groups will have statutory responsibilty for buying (secuing or commissioning) health services on behalf of their patients in their area.

With a budget of around £190m a year, Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will make sure local health services meet the needs of 160,00 people living in Garstang, Lancaster, Morecombe, Carnforth and the surrounding areas. Our aim is to commission safe, high quality services which focus on improving outcomes for local people. Clinical expertise, an understanding of what works well and the experience of the people who use the local health services will be at the heart of everything we do.

Throughout the coming months and years we will actively seek the views of patients, carers, the public and local organisations to help us further improve health and health services.

Tell us what you think! We are really keen for your views about whether you think our current focus is the right one, our future priorities and how you would like to be involved.

* 1. Before today, had you already heard about clinical commissioning groups?

* 2. Our vision "We aim to secure safe, high quality health services in partnership with professionals and patients to give local people the best opportunity to live longer and healthier lives." - Do you agree that our vision is about right?

* 3. Do you think our six priorities are the right areas for us to focus on?

  Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree Don't know
Tackling health inequalities
Reducing early deaths from heart disease and cancer
Commissioning high quality hospital care
Improving mental health services
Expanding community health services
Expanding and developing GP services

* 4. Which of our priorities do you think are the most important? Please rank in order of preference, with 1 being the most important and 6 the least important.

* 5. Thinking about our future priorities, please let us know which you think are the most important by ranking them 1 to 3, with 1 the most important and 3 the least important.

* 6. Are there any other areas you think we should focus on? Please let us know your top three.

* 7. Taking into account your experience and that of your family and friends, what is your view of the following NHS services?

  Excellent Good OK Poor Very poor Don't know
Your GP surgery
Hospital services
Mental health services

* 8. What are the best ways for us to communicate with you? (please tick as many as you like)

* 9. We are keen to involve as many people as possible in the future in discussions about local health services. Would you like to be involved?

* 10. If yes, please supply your contact details which will be kept confidentially in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

* 11. Any further comments?

* 12. What is your gender?

* 13. How old are you?

* 14. Do you have a disability? (tick all that apply)

* 15. What is your sexual orientation?

* 16. What is your religion/belief?