A nurse is to lead a new directorate set up to provide commissioning support services for neurology and associated long-term conditions.
Sue Thomas has been appointed chief executive of NHiS Commissioning Excellence, which will provide specialist support on services for neurological conditions to local clinical commissioning groups and NHS England.
The directorate hopes to be able to assist commissioners in building up a data picture of local neurology by mapping and analysing service provision gaps.
Ms Thomas said: “People with neurological problems are being let down whilst millions of pounds are being wasted providing health and social care services that aren’t meeting their needs.
“We want to be an integral part of the solution, assisting commissioners and providers to improve services for patients,” she added.
“People with neurological problems are being let down whilst millions of pounds are being wasted”
Ms Thomas is a former policy director at the Royal College of Nursing and advisor to the District Nursing Association.
Most recently she was chief executive of Neurological Commissioning Support, a unique joint venture between the MS Society, Parkinson’s UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The not-for-profit organisation, which closed in December, provided commissioning support to CCGs.
Steve Ford, chief executive of Parkinson’s UK, noted that only around 15% of CCGs had assessed local costs relating to the provision of their neurology services, with only 20% assessing the number of people using neurological services.
“We are therefore highly supportive of NHiS’s Commissioning Excellence ambition to assist payers and providers in developing services relevant for patients with neurological conditions,” he said.