Commissioning in the spotlight

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April 2015 marked the second anniversary of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), organisations which have spent most of their first two years under the policy-makers’ spotlight. They worked with providers in the quest to generate £20 billion of efficiency savings under the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme; they pooled £5.3 billion of health and social care budgets with local authorities as part of the drive to move care out of hospital under the Better Care Fund; and on the same day they turn two, will be given new powers to commission primary and some specialist care that previously sat with NHS England.

To name just a few major initiatives they have been involved in: CCGs have had to grow up fast and their expanding responsibilities can be seen as a sign of confidence in the new organisations.

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