CCGs have been established to replace Primary Care Trusts (PCT) so that healthcare commissioning can be led by GPs and other clinicians.
The Health and Social Care Act sets out a number of changes to healthcare provision that will see local GPs and fellow clinicians take more control of budgets and make decisions about what services their local communities require. Primary care trusts will cease to exist by April 2013 and the local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will become accountable for many of the functions and decisions they currently make.
There are three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) covering the same area as the primary care trust cluster for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
To find out more, please use these links to each CCG's own website:
Represents the 50 GP practices who serve around 356,000 patients in Charnwood North, Charnwood South, North West Leicestershire, and Hinckley and Bosworth.
Is a group of GPs from 34 practices in the South and East of Leicestershire and Rutland, serving over 318,000 patients in Melton, Rutland, Market Harborough, Blaby District, Lutterworth, and Oadby and Wigston.
brings together all 65 Practices and more than 200 family doctors in the city into a single membership body. It serves a patient population of approximately 365,000, Which Includes Around 50,000 patients who live outside of Leicester but choose to be registered with a GP in the City.
In early May 2012 the Department of Health announced that all three CCGs in the Leicester,
Leicestershire and Rutland area had been chosen to be among the first wave of 35 CCGs in England to start the assessment process for authorisation to carry out their full duties as
The first year for Leicester City CCG LC CCG is leading the way in implementing plans for clinical commissioning. It is part of the national ‘pathfinder programme’, which is testing concepts for clinical commissioning and exploring how emerging CCGs will best be able to undertake their future functions. Established at the beginning of the year, 2011-12 was a period of dramatic development and progress for Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group as it prepares to take on responsibility for planning and buying most of the health services needed by the people of Leicester.
Member practices elected co-chairs,
Professor Azhar Farooqi and Dr Avinashi Prasad, to lead the CCG on the road to authorisation as a statutory organisation, along with a Governing Body (Board) of eight other local GPs from fourcity ‘localities’, ie, a section of the city covered by a sub-group of GPs. The Governing Body has
been strengthened by further clinical input from a hospital clinician and a registered nurse.
The CCG is supported by a small team of senior managers assigned by the PCT to help drive forward the fledgling organisation’sdevelopment. It has also appointed three independent lay members to provide scrutiny of the organisation’s activities, while Leicester Involvement Network (LINk) has been given a place on the Governing Body to represent the views of patients and the public. The Board meets once a month. The meeting is held in public and members of the public are welcome to attend and observe. There is a short section at the start of the meeting where members of the public can ask questions on agenda related items.
A legally binding constitution has been created, signed by all practices that govern
the relationship between the CCG and its practices. That has been supplemented by the development of the organisation’s mission, vision and values, all of which were developed after extensive involvement of local clinicians.