The Planning and Funding Division of the DHB is responsible to the Chief Executive for planning and funding health and disability services in Canterbury and determining how best to invest the funding we receive from Government to meet the health needs of our population. The core responsibilities of the Planning and Funding Division are:
Assessing our population’s current and future health needs;
Determining the best mix and range of services to be purchased;
Building partnerships with service providers, Government agencies and other DHBs;
Engaging with our stakeholders and community through participatory consultation;
Leading the development of new service plans and strategies in health priority areas;
Prioritising and implementing national health and disability policies and strategies in relation to local need;
Undertaking and managing contractual agreements with service providers; and
Monitoring, auditing and evaluating service delivery.
Through our Planning and Funding team, we enter into service agreements or arrangements with the organisations who can best provide the health and disability services required to meet the needs of our population, achieve the objectives of the DHB and enhance efficiencies across the whole of the health system. This includes an internal service-level agreement with our Hospital and Specialist Services and approximately 1000 service-level agreements with external providers.
Planning and Funding Service Development Managers maintain an ongoing relationship with these providers and ensure the efficient management of these service agreements. The monitoring of service contracts occurs through a number of mechanisms, including relationship development, reporting mechanisms and audit.
The Planning and Funding team also develop the Health Needs Assessment for our population and coordinate the CDHB’s key accountability documents, including the Statement of Intent and Annual Plan. These documents can be found on our Accountabilities Documents page.
Community engagement processes ensure that there is an ongoing linkage to existing networks in the community, that appropriate consultation occurs where required, and that the community and key stakeholders are updated and kept aware of issues and plans