People living on the Fylde coast have been invited to have their say on a proposed new policy around complementary and alternative therapies and the draft of a new policy for rehabilitation after damage to the facial nerve.

The Fylde coast NHS has joined the rest of Lancashire and South Cumbria to review clinical policies across the region.

Bosses at the eight clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across Lancashire and South Cumbria have agreed there is a need to review their clinical policies in order to ensure a consistent and fair approach, update current policies in accordance with national guidelines and best practice and to make best use of limited resources.

People across the Fylde coast can provide their feedback and comments by completing the surveys which can be accessed by visiting

Key changes being made to the complementary and alternative therapies policy is a move to only provide the therapies if they are part of an agreed NHS pathway rather than if they fit one of five circumstances. That means the therapies will be commissioned less.

The new rehabilitation after damage to the facial nerve policy is concerned with providing physical therapy under set circumstances.

Dr Tony Naughton, a Thornton GP and clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “CCGs are responsible for commissioning a wide range of clinical services, including secondary (hospital), community and mental health services and for paying for those services, for and on behalf of, the local population.

“A key role for the CCG is to develop clinical policies that help us make decisions about the use of limited resources.

“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG websites and have their say.”