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Green light for new health organisations

Green light for new health organisations

The three organisations which will buy and design healthcare services for local people have been given the green light to become fully established.

It has been announced that Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Bradford Districts CCG have been authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board without any conditions.

And Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG has been authorised with only one condition around its capacity to manage arrangements for commissioning support. This is already being resolved through ongoing recruitment.

This follows an intensive assessment period to ensure the CCGs can commission hospital, community health and mental health services on behalf of local people.  The assessment included reviewing policies, carrying out site visits, interviewing leaders and assessing work with stakeholders, patients and the public.

The assessment panels were very positive about the work of the CCGs and how they have risen to the challenge, especially around engagement with patients and clinicians, and the quality of their relationships with important partners such as local authorities.

There will be real benefits for patients with most decisions about how public money is used by the NHS, being made in the community by clinicians who are closest to the needs of local people.

The focus will be on delivering improved health outcomes, quality, innovation and public participation.

The clinical leaders from the three CCGs welcomed the announcement, which was made as part of the second of four waves of authorisation across the country.
“This is great news for everyone who has worked so hard and supported the CCG to get to this stage,” said Dr Phil Pue, from Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG.

“We are looking forward to continuing our work with patients, partners and the public to deliver excellent health care for Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.”

“We are delighted that we are now authorised and able to take on our full duties – to continue working together to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of local people and reduce health inequalities,” said clinical chair of Bradford City CCG, Dr Akram Khan.

Clinical chair of Bradford Districts CCG, Dr Andy Withers, added:
“This is the next stage of our journey and we are passionate about keeping patients at the heart of everything we do, improving services for local people and making experiences of using them better.”

Set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, CCGs will replace the 152 primary care trusts that currently commission healthcare services. They are independent statutory bodies, governed by their members: the GP practices in their area.

The governing bodies of the CCGs are made up of doctors, other clinicians including a nurse and secondary care specialist, members of the public, a chief officer and a chief finance officer.

All 8,000-plus GP practices in England will be members of a CCG, putting the lion’s share of the NHS budget in the control of frontline clinicians for the first time.

The NHS Commissioning Board is responsible for ensuring CCGs meet and maintain standards – as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the NHS Constitution and the NHS Outcomes Framework.


Background facts:

Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG

  • Population of around 156,000

  • Made up of 17 GP practices

  • Incorporates some practices from North Yorkshire including Skipton, Grassington and Settle.

  • Chief clinical officer, Dr Phil Pue

  • Clinical chair, Dr Colin Renwick

  • Vision: To be a leading CCG through successful integration and transformation of health and social care, the introduction of innovative, improved clinical pathways, sound financial management and by being a model employer and developing future clinical leaders

  • Values: Excellent patient experience; better health; and wise use of money

  • Key priorities

    • Transforming planned care and long term conditions

    • Transformation and integration of health and social care for adult and children’s services

    • Reducing health inequalities and increasing health promotion

    • Transforming mental health and urgent care services

    • Maintaining safe, high quality and effective care

Bradford City CCG

  • Population of around 118,000

  • Made up of 28 GP practices

  • Clinical chair, Dr Akram Khan

  • Chief officer, Helen Hirst

  • Vision: reducing health inequalities for all

  • Values: Excellent leadership; creativity and innovation; fairness; passion and enthusiasm

  • Key priorities

    • Improving people’s health and wellbeing and increasing life expectancy

    • To develop better, locally integrated long term conditions management

    • To improve patients’ experiences through meaningful engagement with the community, primary care and partners

    • Developing a viable, sustainable, effective organisation

    • Commissioning and ensuring delivery of safe, high quality, effective services

Bradford Districts CCG

  • Population of around 328,000

  • Made up of 42 GP practices

  • Clinical chair, Dr Andy Withers

  • Chief officer, Helen Hirst

  • Vision: better health for the people of Bradford

  • Values: Driving innovation and clinical excellence; putting the interests of patients and the community at the heart of everything the CCG does; acting with honesty and integrity

  • Key priorities:

    • Tackling health inequalities through prevention, integration and partnerships

    • Improving patient safety and the patient experience

    • Transforming urgent care

    • Improving outcomes of people with long term conditions

    • Transforming mental health and community services

    • Improving primary care quality and ensuring genuine engagement

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