Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has gained authorisation, it was announced by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) today.
This means that from April 2013, Haringey CCG will be a statutory organisation and will plan, monitor and buy services for local people in Haringey.
Haringey CCG was authorised by the NHS CB after rigorously reviewing its policies, visiting its staff, interviewing its leaders and assessing the work that the CCG is doing, and plans to do in the future, with stakeholders and patients in Haringey.
The CCG has been authorised with three ‘conditions’. This means there are three areas where the NHS Commissioning Board feels that the CCG needs to provide more evidence. You can view the three conditions on the NHS CB's website.
All conditions imposed by the NHS CB will be reviewed prior to 31 March 2013 so we have an opportunity to remove some of the conditions before we become a statutory body.
Dr Helen Pelendrides, local Haringey GP and Chair of Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
"We are delighted to have gained authorisation. Our aim is do everything we can to enable the people of Haringey to live long and healthy lives with access to safe and high quality services.
“We want to make real and sustainable improvements in the health and wellbeing of the people of Haringey. We know that in order to do this, we need to work with patients, carers and the public to listen to their views and to involve them in decisions about commissioning and developing and improving health services. So please do have a look at our engagement page on our website which shows how we plan to involve people.”
Haringey CCG is made up of the 52 GP practices in Haringey who have decided how the CCG will operate by developing a constitution. The constitution is in draft form and will be adopted by the Governing Body at their meeting on 14 March.
CCGs are new NHS organisations created under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.CCGS are independent statutory bodies, governed by their members who are the GP practices in their area. A CCG has control of a local health care budget and 'buys' local healthcare services on behalf of a local population. This includes most hospital services and community based services like blood testing and physiotherapy.
Some of the functions a CCG carries out replace those of Primary Care Trusts that will be officially abolished on 31st March 2013, such as the commissioning of community and secondary care. Responsibilities for commissioning primary care transfer to the newly established NHS Commissioning Board.
The NHS Commissioning Board is responsible for ensuring CCGs meet and maintain standards - as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the NHS Constitution and the NHS Outcomes Framework.
For more information about CCGs and the authorisation process please go the NHS Commissioning Board website: http://www.commissioningboard.nhs.uk/