Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) consists of 42 GP Practices with over 368,000 registered patients. It is one CCG with three Locality Commissioning Groups (LCGs):
LCGs are geographically based groups, which consist of GP Practices who work in collaboration with patients, the public and key stakeholders to influence health service commissioning. Unlike the CCGs they do not hold commissioning funds for the area population nor do they have total purchasing power. LCGs focus on co-designing and assessing health and social care needs, which are then fed into the CCGs commissioning plans and activities.
As LCGs operate at a geographical level they can help reduce health inequalities and address health and social care issues that may be specific to some communities.
Each Locality is supported by an elected GP clinical lead working four sessions a week, a full time locality manager and an elected practice nurse lead. Other GP’s in the localities have the opportunity to become involved with the CCG by taking on clinical lead positions for specific work-streams (for example; drugs and alcohol or older people).
Each GP Practice in the Locality is committed to engaging with commissioning through attendance at regular LCG members forums and via the commissioning engagement scheme.