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CCGs to become part of ICSs under wide-ranging NHS reforms

The Government has set out plans for wide-ranging reforms to how health and social care services are commissioned in England, including CCG functions being taken over by integrated care systems (ICSs). The white paper for a new Health and Care Bill, published today, said the Department of Health and Social Care will ‘bring forward measures for […]

CCGs given March deadline to implement ‘host commissioner’ role for learning disability units

Guidance on the oversight of CCG-commissioned inpatient care for people with learning disabilities and autism should be ‘fully implemented’ by the end of March, NHS England has said. The guidance – which was published yesterday (1 February) after being delayed due to Covid – sets out the responsibilities for a local ‘host commissioner’ who must […]

Proposals to abolish CCGs of ‘significant concern’ for GPs, BMA says

The BMA has said that NHS England proposals to abolish CCGs are of ‘significant concern’ for GPs. The plans could cause ‘significant changes to their working lives’ if they go ahead, it added. In November, NHS England revealed that CCGs could be replaced as commissioners by ICSs as part of new proposals for integration.  The proposals […]

CCG leaders concerned by ‘worryingly fast’ move to hand commissioning powers to ICSs

CCG leaders have expressed concerns over the ‘worryingly fast’ pace at which NHS England proposes to hand over CCG commissioning powers to Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).  The proposals, set out in November 2020, outlined two options for placing ICSs on a statutory footing – a statutory committee with an accountable officer that binds together ‘current […]

Post-Brexit traffic jams could impact patient access to GPs, say CCGs

Expected traffic jams in south-east England post-Brexit could prevent patients accessing GP practices, Covid-19 vaccinations and testing, local commissioners have said. In a recent board paper, Kent CCG said regardless of a trade deal with the EU before 1 January 2021, additional checks and delays at border ports will be expected for some time and […]

NHS England control of CCG functions extended until spring

NHS England’s control over CCG commissioning powers will be extended until 31 March 2021, the Government has announced. The emergency order, originally introduced in March in response to the Covid-19 crisis, enables NHS England ‘to commission healthcare from independent sector providers’. It had previously been due to end on 31 December.  The Department of Health and […]

How one CCG switched patients to biosimilars in just six months

The Commissioning Framework for Biological Medicines, published in September 2017, sparked an NHS-wide drive towards using biosimilars – drugs that are similar in terms of quality, safety and efficacy to an original licensed biological product but are often available at a much lower price to the NHS. However, switching patients to biosimilars presents significant challenges, […]

CCG’s finance chair warns £4.4m prescribing overspend is ‘serious problem’

A clinical commissioning group’s (CCG) finance chair has warned that the organisation is facing a £4.4m overspend on prescribing in part due to ‘inappropriate dispensing and polypharmacy’.  North East Essex CCG’s finance committee chair Martyn Hanlon highlighted the problem during the latest governing board meeting (1 December) and said that the medicines management team is […]

CCG chief pharmacists to support and oversee GP handling of Covid vaccines

Clinical commissioning group (CCG) chief pharmacists have been told to support GPs in handling and administering the ‘fragile’ Pfizer Covid vaccine.  In a letter, published earlier this week (8 December), NHS England said the vaccine must be handled carefully and kept under certain conditions as it contains a delicate substance, and noted that GPs ‘may not […]

CCG told to recruit diversity and inclusion specialist after review finds bullying of BAME staff

A clinical commissioning group (CCG) has been told to appoint an ‘experienced’ equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) specialist, after a review found evidence of ‘microaggressions’ and ‘insensitivities’ towards ethnic minorities in the workplace. The independent culture review of Surrey Heartlands CCG, which made 21 recommendations, said the EDI specialist would need to design and deliver ‘mandatory’ equality […]