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Worcestershire’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups unanimously support the proposed clinical model

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NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove, NHS Wyre Forest and NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups have unanimously supported the proposed clinical model of care for the county.

The model will now be submitted to the West Midlands Clinical Senate for review before being forwarded to NHS England for assurance. Once the model has been assured the public will be consulted and asked for their views.

Under the model 95% of patients will see no change to the way they currently access services in the county and all three of the county’s acute hospitals –the Alexandra, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and the Worcestershire Royal – will remain open. Worcestershire will also retain its two Accident and Emergency Departments and the Minor Injuries Unit at Kidderminster.

Jo Newton, the independent chair of the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire Programme Board said: “I am delighted that the three Clinical Commissioning Groups have agreed the proposed clinical model of care for the county. The model has been drawn up by clinicians from across Worcestershire including GPs, hospital doctors and nurses and it has been tested with national experts. It offers clinically safe and sustainable services for the whole of Worcestershire.”

The main proposed changes to services in the proposed clinical model of care are:

  • Separation of emergency and planned care to improve outcomes and patient experience
  • Creation of centres of excellence for planned surgery
  • Urgent care centre for adults and children at the Alexandra Hospital
  • A&E remaining at the Alexandra Hospital (adult only) with robust arrangements for managing a seriously sick child if they arrive unexpectedly or their condition deteriorates and they need an inpatient stay in hospital
  • Centralisation of inpatient care for children at Worcester with the majority of children’s care remaining local
  • Centralisation of consultant-led births at Worcester with ante-natal and post-natal care remaining local
  • Centralisation of emergency surgery

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Notes to Editors:


  1. The West Midlands Clinical Senate review and NHS England assurance process is expected to take three months to complete.
  2. The Public Consultation is likely to be 12 weeks long and to take place later this year. During the consultation members of the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire team will meet with members of the public to listen to their views. Plans for the public consultation will be overseen by a Patient, Public and Stakeholder Advisory Group which consists of patients, politicians and community leaders.
  3. Although some temporary changes to services have been made on an emergency basis due to concerns about patient safety no permanent changes will be made until after public consultation.
  4. The work on the model has been overseen by the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire programme’s Clinical Sub-Committee and involved clinicians from all three CCGs and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust as well as Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. This approach has ensured that the proposed model is owned and supported by clinicians across the county.
  5. NHS England recently published planning guidance requiring all health economies to develop long term Sustainability and Transformation Plans. The FoAHSW clinical model will form an integral part of the health economy’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan which is currently in development and will be submitted to NHS England in June 2016. The plan will articulate how longer term financial stability will be achieved across the whole health economy. 

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