Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were formed as a result of the NHS White Paper “Equality and excellence: Liberating the NHS” and the subsequent Health and Social Care Act 2012. These set out the government’s long term plans for the future of the NHS, and states how the NHS will:
- put patients at the heart of what the NHS does
- focus on improving things that really matter to patients
- empower and liberate clinicians to innovate, with the freedom to focus on improving healthcare.
The fundamental difference with a CCG is that they are led by clinicians. These doctors are involved in ensuring that the appropriate provision of local health services are available to patients, and work together with other organisations in making decisions about health.
North Central London CCG is a new organisation, established in April 2020. It has brought together five existing CCGs – Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. Merging these five CCGs follows publication of the NHS Long Term Plan in January 2019, which sets out a 10-year practical programme of phased improvements to NHS services and outcomes. The NHS Long Term Plan will involve redesigning healthcare so that people get the right care, in the right place, at the right time and making best use of the available resources.
As a single CCG we will continue to work closely with councils, providers, general practices, volunteers, community organisations and unions to achieve our shared aims. Merging will allow us to balance commissioning of some health services at scale for North Central London (for example, acute and specialised services) while making sure services best delivered locally remain commissioned at a borough-level (for example, primary care, mental health and community services). We will be able to maximise investment in improving residents’ health by reducing duplication and streamlining processes.
We work with health and social care organisations, patients and residents to make decisions about how NHS funding is spent in north central London. We then make sure those services are of a high quality.
North Central London CCG is committed to ensuring it commissions sustainable, high quality, safe, effective and efficient healthcare services with a focus on improving patient experience on behalf of local residents.
Commissioning health services involves:
- understanding the health needs of the population
- designing and redesigning services
- buying the services
- measuring the impact of services