The NHS is thinking of changing the way that it commissions National Specialised Services (including cleft lip and palate).
At the moment these services are commissioned centrally and the advantage of this is that there is consistency across England and Wales and a standard contract, but there can be problems in accessing local services such as dentistry or speech and language therapy.
The NHS is considering giving local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) more influence over the way services are commissioned, which might impact on cleft services. The NHS is setting up a group to look at how services can be commissioned collaboratively between the CCGs and NHS England and they are looking for a patient representative for the group.
There is more information on the link below and if you would like to apply then clink on the “TAKE SURVEY” button at the bottom of their page. The closing date for applications is 12 midnight on Monday 8 February 2016
They expect applicants to have previous experience of giving a public, patient or carer perspective on health services and a strong commitment to maintaining a patient focus in the commissioning of health services. For some roles (indicated within the application pack) there is an honorarium of £150 per day for those people not representing or supported by an organisation.