It is important to make sure that safe, effective, high quality health care and treatment is available to everyone.Commissioners look at the health needs of people and buy services to meet those needs.They also plan and manage the local healthcare system.
Who are the commissioners?
Our Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) is the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and are based at Cardinal Square, Nottingham Road, Derby, DE1 3QT. The Chair of the CCG is Dr Sheila Newport.
Why is this happening?
The government has a long-term vision for the NHS and believes that GPs and other healthcare professionals are the best people to commission healthcare.It also wants to put patients at the heart of everything the NHS does.
The Health Bill
In July 2010 the government published a White Paper called ‘Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS’ which set out what they planned to do with the NHS.These ideas were made into the Health and Social Care Bill which is making its way through Parliament to become law.
What about GP practices?
Every GP practice must be part of a Clinical Commissioning Group.These groups may work with other Clinical Commissioning Groups in their area if they want to.This may make it easier when commissioning complex services like hospitals, which are used by people living in different areas.
In your local area
There are five Clinical Commissioning Groups in Derbyshire who will be responsible for commissioning most NHS services for patients.
Wilson Street Surgery & Taddington Road Surgery belong to the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) which is made up of 58 GP practices covering parts of South Derbyshire and Derby City.The 58 practices are split into 4 locality groups and your practice belongs to the Derby Advanced Commissioning locality (DAC).
SDCCG will make decisions based on local priorities which have been identified each of the locality groups.
The Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group will:
- Provide local clinical leadership to the NHS and work with everybody who can contribute to their aims
- Be open and accountable to our patients and communities; ensuring they are at the heart of everything we do
- Understand our population and address inequalities so that services are in place to meet needs
- Plan services that best meet those needs now and in the future
- Aim to secure the best quality, best value health and social care services we can afford
- Use our resources fairly and effectively.
If you want more information about the work of the CCG, please contact NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, Cardinal Square, 1st Floor, North Point, 10 Nottingham Road, Derby, DE1 3QT
Telephone 01332 888080, Fax 01332868898.
How will all this affect me?
You will still be able to see your doctor at your GP practice and they will send you to other places, such as the hospital, when needed.
The changes mean that GPs and other healthcare professionals will decide who provides care and treatment for patients and where they are treated.This means that some of the services which currently take place in hospital may be available at your GP practice or another local place.Providing services locally can save time and may also save the NHS money, as hospitals are expensive to run.Clinical Commissioning Groups will look at the experiences of patients and the medical outcomes, which means how quickly patients get better, when deciding where to provide services.
A key priority for Clinical Commissioning Groups is to understand what patients need.Groups will be working with local communities and asking patients about their experiences of healthcare services.This can lead to improvements in the quality of local services.
Patient Participation Groups are made up of GPs, practice staff and patients.Everyone works together to benefit all patients at the GP practice.If you would like to join the Patient Participation Group at your GP practice, please ask at reception.The Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group is looking at the best way for patients to get involved with commissioning.
Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP)
The NHS and local councils have come together in 44 areas covering all of England to develop proposals and make improvements to health and care. These proposals, called sustainability and transformation plans (STPs), are place-based and built around the needs of the local population. For more information, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDZgMrajVj0