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Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and how they perform

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and how they perform

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) commission most of the hospital and community NHS services in the local areas for which they are responsible. Commissioning involves deciding what services are needed, and ensuring that they are provided. CCGs are overseen by NHS England, which retains responsibility for commissioning primary care services such as GP and dental services, as well as some specialised hospital services. All GP practices now belong to a CCG, but groups also include other health professionals, such as nurses.

Services CCGs commission include:

  • most planned hospital care
  • rehabilitative care
  • urgent and emergency care (including out-of-hours)
  • most community health services
  • mental health and learning disability services

CCG performance

CCGs play a major role in achieving good health outcomes for the local population that they serve. NHS England has designed a set of performance indicators that will help measure how well an individual CCG is tackling theses health issues.

You can use these indicators to see how well your local CCG is doing and compare it both on national and local terms.

Not all the indicators are available yet, but you can already compare CCGs on how well they are:

  • preventing people from dying prematurely
  • enhancing the quality of life for people with long-term conditions
  • helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury
  • ensuring that people have a positive experience of care

Simply use the clickable map above to select a CCG and view the data.

The Longer Lives project

The CCG indicators begin to show the effectiveness of local commissioning. In addition, Public Health England’s Longer Lives project aims to help communities to improve their collective health by highlighting the health challenges faced in each local authority area. It shows data on premature deaths for the five most common causes of mortality in England, which are:

It also shows inequalities in premature mortality across the country and provides examples of effective local interventions.

The project is currently in its early stages. However, new data sets will be introduced continuously, including data for county districts. Visit the Longer Lives website for more detailed information.

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