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5th September 2018 in News, Latest News

Liaison appoints new Director to help drive new services for CCGs

Hugh Reynolds joins NHS financial and workforce services specialist Liaison as CHC Strategy and Clinical Director to further develop the innovative suite of service offerings for Clinical Commissioning Groups.

A strategic director with more than 30 years’ experience of working within the health and social care sectors, Hugh’s focus will be on developing new Liaison services to support the delivery of continuing healthcare (CHC) by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Hugh comments: “The delivery of CHC services varies widely in England and there is an opportunity for significant improvements to be realised with the launch of the new National Framework for Continuing Healthcare, due to come into effect on 1st October 2018.”

“It is my vision that Liaison will support NHS England to achieve their aims of providing fair access to NHS Continuing Healthcare in a way which ensures; better outcomes, better experiences for patients and families and better use of resources, by working closely with CCGs on their end to end delivery of CHC services,” adds Hugh.

He continues: “The current issues relating to the eligibility of CHC funding and the complex nature of this funding are challenging to most CCGs. Despite extensive efforts by the NHS to introduce controls, errors and payments can still occur. Liaison has been working with CCGs in identifying and recovering the costs incurred by these errors while providing support and best practice advice to ensure future errors are prevented.”

Liaison’s track record in undertaking CHC financial reviews means the team is already experienced at identifying and recovering missed savings. These review services have no upfront fee, with charges only made on any funds recovered.  In the first year of offering these reviews, Liaison identified over £3.2m in savings for CCGs.

 Andrew Armitage, Managing Director at Liaison comments: “Hugh’s appointment adds extensive experience and insight to our drive to develop new services to support CCGs and NHS England with their CHC expenditure and processes.”

Hugh adds: “My passion is growing the business so that it can support the health and social care sector to be the very best it can be and for it to offer excellent services to everyone who needs it. I will be working with leaders across the sector to implement and standardise the delivery of services, ensuring CCGs are compliant with the new national framework and supporting the NHS CHC Strategic Improvement Programme in achieving its goals.”