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Developing Clinical Commissioning Groups:  Towards Authorisation – A Summary

The Department of Health (DH) has laid out key details of the planned authorisation process for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), as well as announcing a number of support tools that will enable GPs to gauge the likelihood of their organisations meeting all the criteria.

 It outlines criteria GPs and other healthcare professionals will have to meet before they are given full commissioning responsibility

CCGs will be judged on their ability to deliver efficiency savings and their "track record to date" before they are given commissioning responsibilities,

The following six key attributes that the NHS commissioning board will expect CCGs to have:

  • A strong clinical and professional focus which brings real added value;
  • Meaningful engagement with patients, carers and their communities;
  • Clear and credible plans which continue to meet the QIPP (Quality, innovation, productivity and prevention) challenge within financial resources;
  • Proper constitutional and governance arrangements, with the capacity and capability to deliver all their duties and responsibilities, including financial control as well as effectively commission all the services for which they are responsible;
  • Collaborative arrangements for commissioning with other CCGs, local authorities and the NHS commissioning board as well as the appropriate external commissioning support;
  • Great leaders who individually and collectively can make a real difference.

In Worcestershire the three CCGs have already begun their development journey and are keen to understand the process by which their capability to be an authorised clinical commissioning group will be judged.

Wyre Forest CCG is concentrating on building a track record of performance, so that the authorisation process can focus on confidence in our potential to deliver efficiencies, including improving long-term conditions care, clinical care in general and other aspects of QIPP.

The CCGs will be required to undertake a risk assessment of our configuration in October 2011, and ending ideally no later than December 2011. If successful, we will be able to take on a full range of functions from April 2013. Authorised CCGs will also undergo a annual assessment.

"This will determine the nature of support or conditions going forward, based on its performance and other aspects of its organisational capabilities and relationships, and will enable the continued development of CCGs," adds the document