Rushcliffe CCG is a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) within the NHS. It brings together a powerful coalition of 16 local general practices, community health professionals (including nurses and therapists), and the local registered population (122,000 patients), to plan and fund local health services.
Commissioning is the process of assessing health needs, identifying the services required to meet those needs and then buying those services from a wide range of healthcare providers, which can include hospitals, pharmacies and voluntary organisations.
Clinical Commissioning offers front-line clinicians, such as doctors and community nurses, the opportunity to play major role in the development and delivery of strategies and activities that improved local health and well-being.
Rushcliffe CCG is in the second wave of the Department of Health’s authorisation process to become a statutory NHS organisation in March 2013.
The process of authorisation will ensure that emerging CCG's will be able to show that they can commission services effectively and that they have met a series of benchmarks which prove they are able to assume their responsibilities for managing health care budgets for their local communities.
In order to become established each emerging CCG is required to go through an authorisation process. This is to assure the NHS Commissioning Board that CCGs are able to:
As part of this there is a process whereby CCGs need to submit an application and a range of supporting documents to demonstrate how they meet the required standards (domains) set by the NHS Commissioning Board.
Rushcliffe CCG has been selected as a Wave Two CCG and therefore our application submission has to be submitted by 3 September 2012. The CCG must ensure a copy of the declaration of compliance and accompanying documentary evidence is available on its website. Next steps in Rushcliffe CCG journey to establishment is a site visit in the autumn. We will know the outcome of authorisation by the end of November/beginning of December with a view to being formally established as a statutory body on 1 April 2013.
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