CfPS have published several guides over the past few months, which help OSCs to interpret the health reforms.
Health overview and scrutiny: Exploiting Opportunities at a time of change
shares the learning from seven scrutiny development areas CfPS recruited to help to carve out the best ways that scrutiny, clinicians and boards can work together and support each other to achieve good outcomes across health and social care.
Accountability and the New Structures was published with the BMA
and looks at why accountability is important, and provides definitions of the terms used when discussing accountability. It looks at the structures involved in holding Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to account, and presents the shared views of the The Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) and the British Medical Association (BMA) that good accountability relationships will be central to the success of CCGs.
Achieving an effective health and well being board
sets out some key questions that overview and scrutiny committees can ask about how Health and Wellbeing Boards are developing. This publication is based on ‘Operating Principles for Health and Wellbeing Boards’ and laying the foundations for healthier places.
10 questions to ask around arrangements for local healthwatch
helps OSCs learn from the experiences of others and to assist them to scope scrutiny reviews, based on some key questions. It aims to cover all the relevant issues, but please adapt it to suit local circumstances.
CfPS has also delivered Expert Adviser support to Kent around the formation of healthwatch, and a key findings document is available here
CfPS has a team of expert advisers , including six regional advocates who work in your area (map attached) who can help you to understand the health reforms in your area. Support can be tailored to suit your needs to help your authority to start to develop the health reforms.