Taking the lead: how clinical commissioning groups are changing the face of the NHS

CCGs were set up to be clinically led and to work collaboratively across communities, designing services around patients, people and populations

14 January 2014

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April 2013 saw the birth of a new type of commissioning in the NHS in England. Clinical commissioning groups were set up to be clinically led and to work collaboratively across communities, designing services built around patients, people and populations.

The stories in this report show the energy and enthusiasm with which CCGs have taken up this challenge. From the smallest CCGs to large-scale county-wide collaborations, they show the power that is unleashed when clinical leaders, local government, the voluntary sector and private providers work together. Our thanks go to everyone who helped us write them.

The sixteen highlighted case studies are

  • Developing a minor ailments service: Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Seven-day consultant care: improving care for patients: Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Providing mental health services in primary care: City and Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets clinical commissioning groups
  • A new service for urgent care: Corby Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Falls prevention: Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Joining up health and social care: Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Engaging with our communities: Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Improving health services for care home residents: Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Helping people to take care of themselves: Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Transforming urgent care: Central Norfolk clinical commissioning groups
  • Frail elderly care pathway: Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Reducing fuel poverty to improve health: Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions: North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent clinical commissioning groups
  • Transforming cancer care and end-of-life care: CCGs in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Reducing very short stay admissions by care home residents: Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group