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Clinical Commissioning

What is a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)?

CCG stands for Clinical Commissioning Group, you may not have heard of a CCG before as they were only introduced by the Government in 2010 after the publication of a white paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’  which endorsed a complete change in the structure of Commissioning  services in the NHS it was part of the Government’s wider desire to create a clinically driven commissioning system that is more sensitive to the needs of patients

As a result, Clinical Commissioning Groups are groups of GPs that from April 2013, have been responsible for designing local health services In England.  They will do this by commissioning or buying health and care services including:

  • Elective hospital care
  • Rehabilitation care
  • Urgent and emergency care
  • Most community health services
  • Mental health and learning disability services

Clinical Commissioning Groups will work with patients and healthcare professionals and in partnership with local communities and local authorities. On their governing body, Groups have, in addition to GPs, a least one registered nurse and a doctor who is a secondary care specialist. Groups will have boundaries that will not normally cross those of local authorities. Clinical Commissioning Groups are responsible for arranging emergency and urgent care services within their boundaries, and for commissioning services for any unregistered patients who live in their area. All GP practices belong to a Clinical Commissioning Group.

All CCGs had to go through an authorisation process. There were four waves of authorisation between July and December 2012.

All GP practices are required to be members of a CCG under the 2012 Act. The aim of this is to give GPs and other clinicians the power to influence commissioning decisions for their patients.

CCGs will be overseen by the NHS Commissioning Board (NCB), which is a national body formed under the 2012 Act. Local offices of the NCB will oversee CCGs and also manage primary care commissioning, including holding GP practices NHS contracts.

We are a member of Slough Clinical Commissioning Group.


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