CCGs are responsible for commissioning the majority of local healthcare services from 1 April 2013. Many CCGs cover a smaller area than the previous PCTs. They are intended to ensure a closer relationship between local people, commissioners and commissioning decisions.
Who will be involved in Clinical Commissioning Groups?
CCGs are commissioning organisations formed from general medical practices. All practices are required to join a CCG and will hold the CCG to account for decisions made on their behalf.
CCGs will need to involve patients, carers, the public and a wide range of doctors, nurses, and other health and care professionals in their commissioning work.
How will they be accountable?
CCGs will be assessed for accountability and transparency by NHS England on an ongoing basis, and will have to include at least one registered nurse and one secondary care doctor (neither of whom is to be employed in the area), on their governing body.
Because of the crucial role that CCGs will play, they were required to apply for authorisation from the NHS Commissioning Board – now known as NHS England.
There are two hundred and eleven CCGs in England, some of whom have had ‘conditions’ attached to their authorisation which state where NHS England thinks they may need extra support to carry out their functions effectively.
It is the CCGs and the CSUs (see below) they contract with, that LOCs will need to work with in future when it comes to designing and implementing new local eye health services, or reviewing existing enhanced services.
Please see here for a map of CCGs in England:
Each CCG has a chair to provide clinical leadership and an accountable officer (either a senior manager or a clinician).
Please see here for CCG contact details:
Commissioning Support Units (CSUs)
To ensure that CCGs devote as much of their budget as possible to frontline care, they will be able to use CSUs to provide many back-office commissioning support functions and services such as business intelligence and procurement. Some CCGs will also call upon CSUs to provide other functions such as HR and finance.
Please click on the following link for a list of the nineteen CSUs operating in England as of 1 April 2013: