The creation of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) is at the heart of the government's reforms to health and social care in England. On 1 April 2013, these newly formed, clinically led groups were handed control of around two-thirds of the English NHS budget, and responsibility for commissioning secondary and community care services for their local population. Much attention has been given to their commissioning role, but CCGs have another distinct role to play in supporting quality improvement in general practice. CCGs are in the unique position of being membership organisations, which presents an opportunity for GPs to be more closely involved in transforming primary care.
Publication: Guardian Healthcare
Reference: 24 July 2013