What is a Clinical Commissioning Group
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced some big changes to the way the NHS works. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been created to enable healthcare professionals, such as GPs and nurses, to work with patients and have more of a say over how NHS services are provided locally.
CCGs took over many of the planning and buying responsibilities of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), including:
- most planned hospital care (when you're referred by your GP)
- rehabilitative care
- urgent and emergency care (including the out-of-hours GP service)
- community health services
- mental health and learning disabilities services
CCGs are overseen by NHS England, which ensures they have the capacity and capability to successfully commission services for local people and spend their money wisely.
NHS England also commissions some services itself. These are:
- General Practice (GPs)
- some specialist services
On a local level, CCGs feed into Health and Wellbeing Boards to ensure services are commissioned that meet the needs of local people. We input into the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board.