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CCGs commission new local service to identify BAME patients at risk of Covid

GPs will be paid to identify patients of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and offer education on Covid-19 risks as well as health reviews, under a new locally commissioned service. GPs in Sussex will also be incentivised to monitor people of BAME background, as well as other vulnerable patients, who develop Covid-19. The […]


DHSC: CCGs should use non-clinical staff to tackle continuing healthcare backlog

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) should use well-trained non-clinical staff ‘wherever possible’ to address the backlog of continuing healthcare (CHC) assessments, the Government has said. Guidance issued to CCGs and local authorities on the reintroduction of NHS CHC said that this would give clinical or professional staff more time to focus on ‘robust eligibility recommendations’.  The […]


NHSE: CCGs should appoint patient safety specialist by end of November

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS trusts must now appoint a patient safety specialist by the end of November 2020, NHS England has announced.  The organisations have been told to identify one or more individuals for the role and to notify the national patient safety team by the deadline, which had originally been set for […]


Some CCGs encouraging trusts to administer flu vaccines this winter

Some CCGs are supporting secondary care in administering flu vaccinations to deal with the huge cohorts of patients eligible this season, an NHS official has said. Speaking in a webinar on the flu programme this winter, NHSX digital primary care director Dr Masood Nazir said that he was aware of CCGs starting to co-ordinate efforts […]


London CCGs push ahead with merger to improve Covid response and reduce inequality

Eight clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in London are pushing ahead with a proposed merger for April 2021, in a bid to improve their Covid-19 response and recovery and reduce health inequalities among communities. Brent, Central London, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and West London CCGs have put forward plans to become the ‘North […]


CCG extends funding deal for GP practices as they wait for Covid fund

GP practices in Kent will have their enhanced services funding protected by commissioners until October in a bid to prevent coronavirus from ‘destabilising’ them, our sister publication, Pulse, has learned. It comes as the long-touted GP Covid support fund still has not been approved, despite being announced in April. Kent LMC medical secretary Dr John […]


CCGs top-up GP practices to help cover extra costs of fighting Covid-19

A number of CCGs have given a cash boost to GP practices worth £1 per patient to help them cover the extra costs of managing the Covid-19 pandemic response. This comes as details of a ‘General Practice Covid Support Fund’ touted by NHS England have not materialised, leaving GPs with uncertainty about cash flow. Kent […]


CCG member and village doctor is sixth GP to die with coronavirus

Dr Craig Wakeham, from Dorset, has become the latest GP to die with coronavirus (Covid-19). Dr Wakeham, who was chief clinical information officer at NHS Dorset CCG, had led the rural village GP practice Cerne Abbas Surgery for 30 years. The 59-year-old GP died in Dorset County Hospital on Saturday 18 April, after testing positive for […]


CCGs act following worries patients are ignoring non-Covid-19 symptoms

CCGs across the country have launched public campaigns to respond to concerns that people are ignoring early signs of serious illnesses, including cancer, due to fears of leaving the house and contracting coronavirus. Health trusts have reported a ‘significant reduction’ in the number of urgent cancer referrals from GPs to hospitals, with one seeing an […]


CCGs create ‘hot hubs’ for Covid-19 symptomatic patients to limit spread

CCGs across the country have been taking localised action on coronavirus by establishing specialist surgeries or ‘hot hubs’ to solely deal with suspected coronavirus cases. The service is designed for people with potential Covid-19 symptoms but who are not in need of emergency care. Patients can only be referred to it through their regular GP […]