Clinical Commissioning Groups

Clinical Commissioning Groups

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were created following the Health and Social Care Act in 2012. CCGs are responsible for the planning and commissioning of healthcare services for their local area. They assess local needs, decide priorities and strategies, and then buy services on behalf of the population from providers such as hospitals, clinics, community health bodies, etc.


What are CCGs and what do they do?

CCG’s are membership bodies with local GP practices as the members.  The members set out in their constitution the way in which they will run their CCG. Constitutions are agreed with NHS England and published.

CCGs are led by an elected governing body made up of GPs, other clinicians including a nurse and a secondary care consultant, and lay members.  All GP practices belong to a CCG.

They are responsible for approximately two thirds of the total NHS England budget and are responsible for commissioning healthcare such as mental health services, urgent and emergency care, elective hospital services, and community care.

Commissioning involves deciding what services are needed and ensuring they are provided in the local area.

They are independent bodies and accountable to the Secretary of State for Health through NHS England.


Who is responsible for CCGs?

CCGs work closely with NHS England, who have a responsibility to assure themselves that CCGs are fit for purpose and are improving health outcomes and must help support the development of CCGs.

As co-commissioners with NHS England, CCGs work with NHS England’s Regional Teams to ensure joined-up care.


Do CCGs work with any other bodies?

CCGs work closely with local authorities through health and wellbeing boards to achieve the best possible outcome for the local community, by developing a joint needs assessment and strategy for improving public health.

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Last updated: 10/05/17