GP COMMISSIONING 1st April 2013 – an important date for the NHS: reorganisation on a huge scale with many challenges ahead. Yet, at a local level, be assured that we are still here to provide the best possible medical care for our practice population.
GP Commissioning is at the forefront of the NHS changes. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been formed to manage the NHS budget and, as a practice, we fall within the large Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG. The CCG is split into 8 Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs) in order to provide a local perspective to the decision making process.
CATCH – Cambridgeshire Association to Commission Health – is the largest LCG with a population of around 220,000 and to which we belong. It has 28 member practices which work together in smaller locality groups on commissioning issues, all feeding their ideas back to CATCH. We work with other rural practices, with similar issues and challenges: Sawston, Comberton, Harston, Linton, Melbourn and three Royston practices.
The challenges for CCGs in managing the budgets are huge, especially in Cambridgeshire where we are seen as a ‘healthy and wealthy’ population and therefore the funding has been lower than elsewhere in the country. All practices will have to engage in the commissioning process in order to make best use of the funds available and to maintain the level of service to patients.
See the CATCH video at www.catchcambs.nhs.uk for more information on commissioning.