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.
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.
This information forms part of the CSP's influencing toolkit