Committee details

Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee

Purpose of committee

Calderdale and Kirklees Councils have established a joint health scrutiny committee (JHSC) to examine proposals from the Calderdale and the Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (the CCGs) for hospital reconfiguration.


The formal consultation on the proposals commenced in March 2016 and was completed in June 2016. In September 2016 the Calderdale and Kirklees JHSC agreed its response to the proposals which included issuing 19 recommendations.


In October 2016 the Governing Bodies of both CCGs met to consider the findings from the consultation and agreed to proceed to developing a Full Business Case (FBC). They also agreed the response to the JHSC’s recommendations.


The JHSC considered the CCGs response and identified areas where it was not fully satisfied with the response. As a consequence, steps were taken to reach agreement in areas of difference and was supported by an independent facilitator.


In July 2017 the JHSC met to discuss an update on the CCGs response and to determine whether theadditional information submitted had satisfactorily addressed its recommendations. The JHSC concluded that it had serious concerns about elements of the proposals and exercised its right to refer the matter to the Secretary of State for Health.


The Secretary of State passed the referral to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) and in May 2018 the Secretary of State wrote to the Joint Chairs of the JHSC setting out his conclusions and included the advice that he had received from the IRP.


The Secretary of State asked NHS England and NHS Improvement to work with the local CCGs and the JHSC and to report on progress in implementing the IRP Recommendations.


In September 2018 the JHSC was presented with details of the revised proposals that had been developed to address the concerns expressed by the Secretary of State for Health.


The JHSC continues to monitor and scrutinise the work that is taking place to develop and progress the revised reconfiguration of hospital services at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.


Details of the JHSC’s current role and functions can be found in its revised Terms of Reference.

Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee Terms of Reference



Documents and further information

A link to the JHSC library that contains other useful documents and information  can be accessed here:


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Contact information

Support officer: Yolande Myers. Email:

Postal address:
PO Box 1720