Commissioning in the NHS is a complex process that ensures that health and care services are provided effectively and meet the needs of the population. Responsibilities include:
- assessing populations needs
- prioritising health outcomes
- procuring products and services
- managing service providers
- engaging with local people to hear their views on current services and how services can be improved
Who is responsible for commissioning local health services?
From 1 April 2013, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England have taken over responsibility for commissioning the majority of local health services including enhanced services provided by community optical practices. NHS England is responsible for commissioning all primary care, including General Ophthalmic Services (GOS).
NHS Eye Health Summit
On 7 June 2016 the conference, ‘Immediate solutions to address demand and capacity pressures in the Hospital Eye Service’ showcased innovative and collaborative service models from around the country.
The event, exclusively aimed at commissioners, brought together leading eye specialists and partners responsible for delivering commissioning guidelines, to share pathways and best models of practice that deliver optimum cost-effective care for eye patients both in the community and in hospital eye services.
Follow the links below to read more about the programme, the speakers and the the presentations: