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How our CCG tried a new repeat prescription approach

The traditional repeat prescription ordering process presents challenges for the NHS, says Diar Fattah, associate director of medicines optimisation at Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley (DGS) CCG.  The current repeat prescription process flags several issues for the NHS; it’s complex, time-consuming, costly, and can even have implications for patient safety. A great deal of money is spent […]

CCGs should simplify local contracts to tackle unnecessary bureaucracy, leading GP says

CCGs should redesign their local contracts to reduce ‘unnecessary’ bureaucracy, a leading GP has said. In the GP partnership review, published on Tuesday, GP and Wessex Local Medical Committee chair Dr Niger Watson said local contracts commissioned by CCGs ‘should be made simpler’, as they can be ‘burdensome’. The review, commissioned by the Government, looked […]

Analysis: what does the future hold for CCGs?

The long term plan, published last week, placed greater emphasis on integration and set out how the health service will reform over the next ten years. Over 200 CCGs were introduced in 2013 to substitute primary care trusts (PCT) as the commissioners of most services funded by NHS England. At present, there are 195 CCGs […]

CCGs: NHS England to phase out Commissioner Sustainability Fund

The Commissioner Sustainability Fund (CSF) will be reduced as of this year, with the aim of eventually phasing it out, NHS England has said. The decision to reduce the amount of money available to CCGs is in line with NHS England’s expectations that CCGs will be able ‘to balance their financial position each year without […]

CCGs should pay for data protection officers, suggests partnership review

CCGs should fund data protection officers to help overworked practices cope with patient data requests, the GP partnership review has suggested. The review, which was commissioned by the Government and independently chaired by GP Dr Nigel Watson, said the ‘burden’ of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was disproportionately high for GPs and needed to […]

CCGs told they must set up primary care networks by end of June

CCGs have been told to ensure that the new primary care networks, which all GP practices will be mandated to join, are in place by 30 June at the latest. NHS England planning guidance for the year ahead said CCGs must commit to spending a recurrent £1.50 per head of population on ‘developing and maintaining’ […]

NHS England announces fewer CCGs as part of long-term plan

In line with NHS England’s reforms, there will be fewer CCGs in the future, a Government committee has heard. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday that there will be a reduction in the number of CCGs to match the number of ICSs across the country, as part […]

CCGs allocated £570bn over next five years to deliver long term plan

CCGs in England have been allocated £570bn over the next five years, which they will use to fund NHS services and implement the recently published long term plan, NHS England has said. CCGs will see a cash increase of at least 4.4% next year, rising to a minimum of 17% by 2023/24. Areas with the […]

Eight CCGs nominate single chief executive

Adam Doyle has been appointed as the single chief executive officer for all the CCGs within Sussex and East Surrey STP. Mr Doyle has already been working with the eight CCGs as accountable officer on an interim basis for the last three months. He will begin his new role immediately, supervising one of the largest […]

Funding pressures are increasing waiting times for mental health services, CCGs say

Budget squeezes are putting increasing strain on mental health services across the country, CCGs have said. In a King’s Fund survey that received responses from 43 CCG finance leads representing 53 CCGs, 51% said that funding pressures have led to longer waiting times for patients with a mental health issue in need of treatment. The […]