What is a Clinical Commissioning Group?
Clinical Commissioning Groups have been set up as part of the reforms outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to offer a more ‘bespoke’ service based on solid knowledge of the local community.
A Clinical Commissioning Group is a group of GP practices working together to provide better health care in their particular geographical area. The groups are linked by their close locality and work in a joined up way with other health and social care professionals.
Providing the right health care, in the right place, at the right time and at the right price is what drives the Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Their role is to commission (in other words buy) what’s needed for their patients and the GP groups will have budgetary responsibility for making those decisions.
At the heart of the new Clinical Commissioning Groups is the empowerment of patients to influence decision making – No Decision About Me Without Me.
Patients are being given the role of having a large say in not only their own healthcare but how they can influence how the local NHS evolves.