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Clinical commissioning groups

Influencing toolkit 4

Why are Clinical Commissioning Groups important to physiotherapy?

  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are now making most of the decisions about who and what health services will be provided
  • So whether you are working in the NHS, a commercial provider or for the voluntary sector, CCG decisionswill affect you
  • CCGs will often not have a physio expert on the board, and they may tend to focus on services provided by doctors and nurses
  • So it is vital for physiotherapy, and other allied health professions, to engage with CCGs and raise awareness of the benefits AHP services have on health and wellbeing.

What are Clinical Commissioning Groups?

  • CCGs are new decision-making bodies, replacing Primary Care Trusts. There are 212 CCGs in total
  • Since April 1 2013 they have been responsible for more than 60% of the NHS commissioning budget, and almost all local health services, apart from some primary care like GPs and dentists
  • As well as deciding what health services will be funded, CCGs also decide who will provide them – this could be existing NHS providers, or providers from the commercial or voluntary sector
  • More health services will be put through a competitive tendering process.

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What can I do?

What makes sense for you will depend on your situation. These are just a few ideas.

  • Find out about your local CCGs, who’s who, who you know already, and who you want to get to know
  • Develop relationships with key people on your CCG board
  • Look at the national outcomes. These give priorities for all CCGS
  • Find out about their local plans. Every year each CCG will publish a commissioning plan on their website
  • Find out when local plans will be revised and how you can take part in consultation.
  • Talk to the CSP (your CSP Steward if you have one) about any concerns you have about plans that affect your service
  • Summarise how your service helps meet their priorities and saves money. Back up your case withevidence
  • Link up with others with a shared agenda, such as other members, AHP colleagues, patient groups
  • Find out what other CSP members are doing and share what you find out. Get in touch with your Regional Network
  • Working together helps us all. Let us know how you get on through your Regional Network.

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