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 Background

In January 2015, NHS England invited Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to apply to take on an increased role in the commissioning (buying) of primary care medical services.

It was recognised that clinical commissioning within CCGs was proving to be successful and that GPs, with their deep understanding of the complexities of primary care, were in a good position to further improve the quality of services in their local area, by having greater involvement in the commissioning of services within primary care.

“Co-commissioning is a key enabler in developing seamless, integrated out-of-hospital services based around the needs of local populations. It will also drive the development of new models of care such as multispecialty community providers and primary and acute systems”. Five Year Forward View

NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG is already responsible for commissioning the majority of hospital, community and mental health services in the local area. Since April 2015 the CCG has been working under joint commissioning arrangements with NHS England for the management and commissioning of GP contracts and other primary care medical services.

The CCG is one of 52 CCGs nationally that will now be able to operate under delegated arrangements from April 2016, meaning that in addition to those already taking on these arrangements in 2015/16, approximately half of all CCGs will have delegated responsibility in 2016/17.

The development of new models of care firmly rooted in primary and community services will break down old divisions and enable patients to be treated in the right place at the right time.

The next five years of commissioning healthcare in Redditch and Bromsgrove will be very exciting, and we are enthusiastic about the positive changes we can make.

The CCG has established a Primary Care Commissioning Committee which will be held jointly with Wyre Forest CCG. This committee will oversee governance arrangements and make decisions on commissioning and contracting of services from general practices. NHS England will continue to monitor the CCG in how it delivers this and its other responsibilities.