Clinical Commissioning Groups

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 where xxx is the geographic name. You can therefore search for content in most CCG websites by adding site: 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)

Resources for CCGs – Key resources around CCG authorisation, governance, responsibilities and activities on the NHS England website and the CCG bulletin

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.

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