NHS England has announced that over a third of GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have now been given approval to jointly commission GP services.
The 87 CCGs which received approval today (5 March) means that, subject to constitutional amendments and the signing of terms of reference by the 31 March 2015, more than 150 have now been confirmed.
“We’ve now backed a total of 150 CCGs to take on delegated and joint commissioning powers to improve local primary care”, said Ian Dodge, National Director for Commissioning Strategy at NHS England. “
“This sends a strong message about the confidence we have in CCGs and is another demonstration of our commitment to a new deal for primary care. Joining up the commissioning system is critical to help unlock new models of integrated care described in the NHS Five Year Forward View.”
For those CCGs that have not yet applied as well as CCGs not approved, NHS England will continue to provide its support.
“Co-commissioning is a key enabler in developing seamless, integrated out-of-hospital services based around the needs of local populations”, said Dr Amanda Doyle, Primary Care Co-Commissioning Programme Oversight Group Co-Chair and Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Blackpool CCG.
“It gives greater commissioning power to local areas and will help drive the development of new integrated models of care such as multispecialty community providers and primary and acute care systems.”
Details of the approved CCGs are available on the NHS England website.