The Health and Social Security Scrutiny Panel has begun a review into the Redesign of the Health and Social Services Governance Model. The model is the subject of P.60/2017 'Health and social care system: A new governance model' which has been lodged by the Council of Ministers.
In 2016 the Council of Ministers tasked the Minister for Health and Social Services to bring forward proposals amending the governance structure of Health and Social Services as a result of the changes initiated by P.82/2012, Health and Social Services: A new way forward. The Panel intends to assess the appropriateness of the proposed changes and seeks to understand whether the new system will improve integrated working with the third sector and voluntary organisations, primary care organisations and the general public.
The Panel's Terms of Reference for the review are as follows:
- To examine the proposed governance model and assess the appropriateness of the changes in relation to Third Sector and Voluntary Organisations, Primary Care Organisations, members of the public and the States Assembly.
- To determine if the proposed changes will improve services in Health and Social Care.
- To determine if the proposed changes will improve patient interaction with services providing Health and Social Care.
- To determine if the proposed changes will enhance integrated partnership working in Health and Social Care.
- To examine the consultation process that was undertaken in order to inform the proposed model.
- To examine the financial and manpower implications of the proposed changes.
- To examine and compare the proposed governance model to those in similar jurisdictions to Jersey.
Deputy Richard Renouf, Chairman of the Panel, said: "During its review, the Panel will look at the proposed changes and assess whether or not they are appropriate for the Department and the various organisations involved in delivering health and social care in the Island. I hope our review will be a helpful contribution to the extensive work that is being done to improve the delivery of health and social services in the Island."