What is clinical commissioning?

Through clinical commissioning, clinicians are taking the lead in working with patients to decide what range of services are needed for their local population and making sure that the specifications for those services will deliver what is needed in terms of quality and outcomes.  Clinicians can use their knowledge of services and their contact with patients to identify where providers need to be supported and challenged on quality and outcomes.  They can help bring together leaders from across health and social care to agree priorities and design more integrated services.

With clinicians who serve a local population of registered patients at their heart, CCGs have a strengthened knowledge of local health needs and the quality of local services.  Building on this knowledge they will be able to lead service redesign with the confidence, and gain the respect and support of their colleagues across the health care system.

CCGs are supported by and held to account for improving patient outcomes by NHS England

What does clinical commissioning mean for GPs and GP practices?

Clinical commissioning means clinicians using their knowledge and expertise to lead and improve the commissioning process. Clinicians work with the support of managers, some of them directly employed by CCGs and others working in commissioning support units. Some GPs have formal leadership roles as part of the CCG’s governing body and will bring together the views of member GP practices in the commissioning plans of the CCG.

Page last updated 03 May 2016