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 NHS Wyre Forest CCG set to take greater role in commissioning GP services

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NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commission Group (CCG) has been given the green light to take a greater role in the commissioning of GP services.

The announcement made by NHS England means that from April, the CCG will take further control of the planning, strategic direction, priority setting and decision making around primary care services on behalf of Wyre Forest patients.

NHS Wyre Forest CCG is already responsible for commissioning (buying) the majority of hospital, community and mental health services in the local area and since April 2015 the CCG has been working under joint commissioning arrangements with NHS England for the management and commissioning of GP contracts and other primary care medical services.

The new arrangements will offer a range of benefits for the public and patients, including:

  • Improved access to primary care and wider out-of-hospitals services, with more services available closer to home
  • High quality out-of-hospitals care
  • Improved health outcomes, equity of access, reduced inequalities; and
  • A better patient experience through more joined up services.

Dr Simon Rumley, Chair and Clinical Lead for NHS Wyre Forest CCG, said: “Our aim is that all our residents receive a consistently high standard of care when accessing primary care services. Increasing the role we have in commissioning primary care means we will be able provide personalised, proactive care to keep people healthy, independent and out of hospital.

“This is an important step and provides us with an opportunity to offer more joined up services to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wyre Forest.”
The CCG is one of 52 CCGs that will be able to operate under the new arrangements from April 2016, meaning that in addition to those already taking on these arrangements in 2015/16, approximately half of CCGs will have delegated responsibility in 2016/17.

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