Members are being consulted over plans to develop collaborative working between clinical interest and occupational groups and the CSP.
This is potentially the biggest change in arrangements for 25 years. A consultation document commissioned by the CSP outlines how changes could improve CIOGs’ ties with the Society, sharpen their ability to deliver expert advice, share evidence and exert influence with policymakers. The profession as a whole would benefit at a critically important time, the document says, adding: ‘At the moment neither the CSP nor the CIOGs are getting the best from each other.’ This needs to be addressed to ensure the profession is well-positioned to meet current challenges in healthcare and to ensure that the value of its contribution to meeting particular population and patient needs is best presented.
The four key proposals are:
- stronger governance
- a new ‘broad alliance’ structure, with CIOGs coming together to work and share best practice under key headings relating to current
- ‘task-focused’ working groups or forums to consider current priority areas in healthcare, such as chronic pain management and long
- term conditions, and
- new ‘recognition criteria’.
FURTHER INFORMATIONThe consultation document and questionnaire can be accessed via www.csp.org.uk/ciogs Completed questionnaires must be returned by 31 March to firstname.lastname@example.org
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