CCGs and Public Health
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are groups of local GPs that work together to plan and buy (commission) NHS health services in England for their local population.
Clinical commissioning groups work with patients, health and social care partners to meet local health and social care needs.
Richmond CCG is the lead health commissioning organisation for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Its vision is to deliver cost-effective, sustainable integrated health services for all residents in the borough of Richmond.
It believes working with partners will allow it to commission safe, effective NHS health services to continuously improve health outcomes, patient experience and reduce health inequalities in the borough of Richmond.
The Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group is made up of the 26 GP practices in Kingston working alongside health practitioners from nursing, pharmacy and secondary care. We have come together to put patients first and improve health services in the borough.
It was formed to test out a new way of managing health service budgets. Since April 2011 we’ve had delegated responsibility for planning and allocating most of the funding for hospital, community and mental health services in Kingston.
Kingston CCG wishes local people to feel heard, listened to and cared for and we believe that by using our clinical knowledge and close working relationships with patients, we can make a difference.
It is one of just eight CCGs nationally to be fully authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England) in the first wave of authorisations in November 2012.
The Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board is a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities.
The Board helps to give communities a greater say in understanding and addressing their local health and social care needs.
The aims of the Health and Wellbeing Board are to:
- lead the development of the local authority’s role in integrating the commissioning of health, social care and other services.
- lead the development of local partnerships for health and social care which share a common view about local need, priorities and service development.
- ensure the engagement and involvement of local people in the development of the health and social care system locally.
- work with regional and pan London bodies to ensure that the health and social care needs of local people are understood and taken account of in the commissioning of services at regional and pan London level.
Similarly one of the key roles of Kingston Public Health is to provide good quality information on the health needs of local people to assist local organisations in providing or commissioning services for local people. The information should also be made freely available to members of the public.
Directors of Public Health are responsible for producing annual reports on the health of the local population which contain recommendations for improving health. In Kingston, a themed approach has been taken.