St Helens CCG – New Film

Our colleagues at St Helens CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) have asked us to circulate the following information:

A video highlighting NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) vision for improving health services for local people is now available to view online.

The nine-minute film features footage of St Helens, a patient story and St Helens GPs and health leaders telling us what excites and motivates them about the organisation and the new ways of working.

It showcases the clinical commissioning group’s priorities around engaging with local people about their needs and working closely with partners across the borough to ensure healthcare services are joined up.

Dr Stephen Cox, Clinical Accountable Officer of NHS St Helens CCG, said: ‘Engaging with and involving the public in decisions about their healthcare services is vital for improving care. ‘We hope by watching the film local people will gain a bit more understanding about the new NHS system and how we can make a difference together.’ NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning NHS services across the borough, and works with other clinicians and healthcare providers to ensure they meet the needs of local people. Clinical commissioning groups became statutory bodies in April 2013.

The video can be viewed on the homepage of the CCGs website,


Shaun Pollard – Halton Haven Hospice (11.07.13)

Chris CarlinShaun PollardLast week I had the chance to sit down with Shaun Pollard from Halton Haven Hospice.

We took the opportunity to enjoy the brilliant weather and sat outside in the lovely Haven grounds.


We discussed changes to the structure at HHH, their activities and services, the high standard of their charity shops, the economy, the Halton CCG, what HHH think of Halton & St Helens VCA and much, much more.

If you’d like to find out more about Halton Haven Hospice, visit their website on

Many thanks,

Chris Carlin

Chris Carlin – VCA’s Lead Engagement Officer for Health (08.07.13)

Chris CarlinChris Carlin is Halton & St Helens VCA’s new Lead Engagement Officer for Health!

In this chat he talks about:

– his past experiences supporting voluntary organisations

– how he thinks he can help groups to get “commission ready”

– the tools he’ll be using to facilitate communication between the voluntary sector and commissioners.

If you’d like to get in touch with Chris, you can do so via or by calling (01928) 592405.

Chris will be taking over duties for Health ‘e’ Blog including an interview with Halton Haven Hospice over the next few weeks!

Thanks very much.

Matthew Roberts