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?
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are responsible for commissioning the majority of local health services including extended primary care services provided by community optical practices via Primary Eyecare Companies.
NHS England is responsible for commissioning all primary care, including General Ophthalmic Services (GOS).