If you are a patient, carer or member of the public who lives in Northamptonshire and are interested in supporting the work of NHS Nene CCG – why not become a member?
This would enable us to work together to develop new and improved health services for local people. Please complete our simple on-line application form here.
Clinical Commissioning Groups are groups of GPs are responsible for designing local health services In England. They do this by commissioning or buying health and care services including:
Elective hospital care
Urgent and emergency care
Most community health services
Mental health and learning disability services
Clinical Commissioning Groups 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.
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 have to belong to a Clinical Commissioning Group.
The announcement that GPs will take over this commissioning role was made in the 2010 White Paper, ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’. This is part of the Government's wider desire to create a clinically-driven commissioning system that is more sensitive to the needs of patients.
Clinical Commissioning Groups are overseen by NHS England (formally NHS Commissioning Board). They make sure that Clinical Commissioning Groups have the capacity and capability to commission services successfully and to meet their financial responsibilities. Its senior structures contain a range of healthcare professionals, and it has a Medical Director and a Chief Nursing Officer on its board.
The NHS Commissioning Board are also responsible for directly commissioning:
Specialist services (specialised services that are required by a limited number of people)
At a local level, new Health and Wellbeing Boards have been be set up in local authorities to ensure that Clinical Commissioning Groups are meeting the needs of local people. The membership of these boards include representatives from:
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Directors of public health
Adult Social Services
Healthwatch (representing the views of patients, carers and local communities)
Simple Guide to the NHS
Please see the following simple guide to the NHS produced by The King's Fund.