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Nottingham North and East among first CCGs to take on commissioning of GP services

Nottingham North and East CCG are among the first set of GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which NHS England have approved to take on responsibility for commissioning the majority of GP services from April this year.

64 CCGs across the country* have been approved to take on greater ‘delegated’ commissioning responsibility for GP services with the possibility that others may follow. This follows plans set out by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, early last year, to give patients, communities and clinicians more scope in deciding how local services are developed.

Ian Dodge, National Director for Commissioning Strategy at NHS England, said: “Today we are backing 64 CCGs who have asked NHS England for full delegated powers to improve local primary care, within a transparent and robust framework for managing conflicts of interest. It is a vote of confidence in CCGs.  It is part of our commitment to deliver a new deal for primary care.  And it’s a critical step towards joining up the commissioning system, which in turn will help unlock new models of integrated care described in the NHS Five Year Forward View.”

Taking on ‘delegated’ responsibility from NHS England means CCGs will commission general medical services.

Delegated responsibility is one of three models offered to CCGs along with joint commissioning with NHS England and greater involvement in commissioning. Decisions on which CCGs will be approved for joint commissioning will be made in the coming weeks.

For CCGs that haven’t been approved at this stage, NHS England will continue to provide support to help them achieve the commissioning model that works best for them.

The latest move follows the plan set out in the Next steps towards primary care co-commissioning document developed by the joint CCG and NHS England primary care co-commissioning programme oversight group in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners, and is another step towards delivering the wider strategic agenda set out in the Five Year Forward View.

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