Cumbria's GPs get the Nod to Become an NHS Commissioning Organisation

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Cumbria's GPs get the Nod to Become an NHS Commissioning Organisation

Posted on Tuesday 11th December 2012
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NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is now firmly on the way to taking over local health care commissioning from NHS Cumbria the primary care trust in April 2013.

The CCG heard this week that it now has now been authorised by the NHS National Commissioning Board to become a standalone Statutory NHS Organisation. This means that Cumbria CCG is deemed able to handle Cumbria’s local commissioning budget and make clear decisions about how services will be designed and where they should be delivered.

The authorisation process assesses every CCG against a set of 119 criteria. CCGs have to submit evidence for each area and also host a panel day where questions are asked by an independent team of NHS experts.

NHS Cumbria CCG has been authorised with one condition. This condition is one outstanding piece of documentation around how Cumbria CCG plans to work with other CCGs in North East England. This was submitted in draft and must be finalised and submitted to the National Commissioning Board prior to April 2013.

The new GP led clinical commissioning system will focus on delivering improved clinical outcomes, patient safety, quality, innovation, public participation and patient experience that will bring real benefits to patients and the public.

Cumbria CCG is one of 34 CCGS in the first wave of authorisation to be assessed and given the all clear to take on full local commissioning responsibilities in April 2013. Nationally there will be 211 CCGs across the country.

Dr Hugh Reeve is the Clinical Chair of Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. He said: “It’s fantastic news that Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group has now passed all the hurdles to become an accountable body and we hope our one outstanding piece of paperwork, which has now been signed off, will remove our one condition by April 2013. Now we can concentrate on the important things as we gear up to take over from NHS Cumbria in the spring.

“There will be difficult decisions to be made, we have a tough financial climate and an ageing population, and this can’t be ignored. But the most important thing for us is ensuring that people across Cumbria have access to high quality safe NHS services which meet our patient’s needs. This is now what we must focus on as we move forward.”

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which is led by a group of seven Cumbrian based GPs will take over responsibility from NHS Cumbria, the primary care trust in April 2013 for commissioning local NHS health services. This means Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group will decide how and where local NHS services should be delivered. 'Commissioning’ means planning and purchasing NHS services for local people from hospital trusts and other organisations.

From April 2013 as part of the government health reforms, primary care trusts will no longer exist.

 

Posted on Tuesday 11th December 2012

 

 
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