One of the stated objectives of the coalition government’s Health & Social Care Act is to “put clinicians at the centre of commissioning”. To this end all GP practices across England are now part of a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and, from April 2013, took over responsibility from Primary Care Trusts for commissioning of health services.
Search Hint: Most CCG websites use the URL www.xxxccc.nhs.uk where xxx is the geographic name. You can therefore search for content in most CCG websites by adding site: ccg.nhs.uk/ to your google search.
Details of Clinical Commissioning Groups on the NHS England website.
A/Z list of CCGs on NHS Choices website
A map of CCGs in England, with names and geographic boundaries.
HSJ interactive commissioning system – including CCGs and their CSUs. (Subscription required)
CCG Classification Groups ( YHPHO, July 2013) – a classification that groups together CCGs with similar populations based on age structure, population density, ethnicity and deprivation.
Profiles of CCG services on NHS Choices – searchable by location/postcode.
Inside Commissioning – a news website which includes profiles of CCGs (including website links and key people)
NHS clinical commissioning groups code of governance (ICSA, November 2013) – “A concise governance code, to support clinicians in developing good governance arrangements and to help build and maintain public trust in clinicians and the NHS.”
Other key reports about CCGs:
Clinical commissioning groups: Supporting improvement in general practice ? Kings Fund, July 2013
A three year study following the evolution of clinical commissioning in six case-study sites.