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Clinical commissioning has place in future healthcare strategy, say sector leaders

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Do clinical commissioning groups have a role in future strategic commissioning?

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), the membership organisation for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), has published analysis of a survey and interviews with leaders of CCGs that suggests CCGs are embracing new care models, strategic commissioning and collaborative commissioning.

Steering towards strategic commissioning, has found that CCGs are already:

  • working over larger areas and using sustainability and transformation plans (STPs)
  • commissioning in partnership with local authorities
  • developing accountable care systems (ACSs)
  • developing integrated delivery models

NHSCC has laid out six areas where it says the government can give more support to CCGs. These are:

  • clarity at a national level about priorities and future plans
  • sharing of best practice, with an emphasis on early lessons from the new care models
  • support for leaders who are managing change
  • enough time, space and resources for transformation, specifically by reducing the burden of centralised reporting
  • better understanding and availability of the skills and tools needed for large scale commissioning
  • a single, improved regulatory framework for ACSs and accountable care organisations (ACOs)

Further information

NHS Clinical Commissioners: Steering towards strategic commissioning