CCGs take over health services

Mark Todd, Chair of NHS Derbyshire County, handing the baton of leadership over to Dr Ben Milton, Chair and Jackie Pendleton, Chief Officer, of North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, who have taken over responsibility for the area's healthcare this week. Photo contributed.
Mark Todd, Chair of NHS Derbyshire County, handing the baton of leadership over to Dr Ben Milton, Chair and Jackie Pendleton, Chief Officer, of North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, who have taken over responsibility for the area's healthcare this week. Photo contributed.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), led by local GPs and clinicians, have this week taken over the running of health care services in Derbyshire.

Four CCGs, including NHS North Derbyshire CCG which covers the High Peak, have replaced the county’s primary care trust as the main planners and purchasers of health services for their local communities. Services include planned and emergency hospital care, rehabilitation, most community services and mental health and learning disability services.

Dr Ben Milton, Chair of NHS North Derbyshire CCG, said: “Now in the driving seat, local GPs and clinicians are set to make a real difference to their patients.

“We already have a positive track record of working together on behalf of patients and we will actively seek their views to help shape plans for improving health services.”

Working in shadow form for the last two years, each CCG went through a rigorous assessment by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB), testing them against 119 criteria. All four Derbyshire CCGs were authorised with no conditions, having fully met all the criteria.

The CCGs will be overseen by the area team of the NHS CB, which is now responsible for GP, pharmacy, dental and optical services.