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NHS Clinical Commissioners launched

New membership service offers support and advocacy for CCGs

Louise Prime

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Three leading primary care organisations have joined forces to support clinical commissioning groups. The National Association of Primary Care, NHS Alliance and NHS Confederation have together created NHS Clinical Commissioners, a new service that will offer help and advocacy to its members.

The NHSCC has been launched as a community for CCG leaders with the aim of providing “a single, strong and independent collective voice” as well as to allow them to share their ideas and experience. It will also, say the three founding bodies, “support and represent them as they take on their full commissioning responsibilities, and connect them to the wider health and social care leadership community”.

All CCGs seeking authorisation will be invited to join the NHSCC – free of charge until March 2013. CCGs will be involved in designing the new service as it fully takes shape over the next few months, but it is expected to benefit members by offering:

  • practical support to enable transformational commissioning at a local level and to foster CCGs’ continual improvement and development
  • collective representation and advocacy to give CCGs a strong and effective voice in national policy making and public debate
  • opportunities to influence, learn from and develop shared solutions to complex healthcare challenges with colleagues from other CCGs, and across the whole of the healthcare industry.

Mike Farrar (pictured), NHS Confederation chief executive and NHSCC steering group member, said: “CCG leaders and members face a really tough challenge to get ready ahead of formally establishing in April 2013. But we know they are already looking beyond this and that their priority is getting on with a the real job – finding ways to transform local services, improve quality and value for money and secure the long-term future of the NHS. It will be essential for them to speak clearly and authoritatively on the issues that affect them as the new NHS system takes shape.

NAPC chair and NHSCC interim chair Dr Charles Alessi said: “Through this tripartite association, NHSCC is able to provide the voice, the experience and the support to assist CCGs in their journey towards authorisation and beyond to the transformation and modernisation of patient care.

“[It] will provide CCGs with practical advice, tools and representation to bring about the environment necessary to deliver these challenges. And critically, CCGs will be shaping the future of the NHSCC.”

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