Every GP practice offers a range of different health services – these could include asthma care, contraceptive planning and advice, minor surgery such as mole removal and management of long term conditions such as diabetes. Until now a central organisation called NHS England (NHSE) has planned and developed the primary care services that GP practices provide.
NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the same as other CCGs in England, currently commissions acute hospital services, community health services and mental health services for our local population.
From April 2015 this has changed. In addition to the services we currently commission, CCGs will work together as a larger group to plan and develop local primary care health services - NHSE will still have some involvement. This is because the NHS wants local clinicians and communities to have more influence over how primary care services are developed.
This is part of the NHS’ vision to improve the quality of services for patients, provide greater value for money and address any local health inequalities (such as mortality rates) and will result in a more responsive health service.
CCGs and NHSE working together in this way to plan and deliver primary care services is called ‘co-commissioning‘.
It is one of a series of changes set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View to transform the way primary and community care services are provided for local people.
A presentation containing more information on co-commissioning is available to download here:
Primary Care CC - what will it mean for me and my family final.pptx
Read the Strategic Commissioning Framework to transform primary care services in London here:
Transforming Primary Care - a Strategic Commissioning Framework.pdf