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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1.       What is a Clinical Commissioning Group?

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are overseen by NHS England at a national level. NHS England is a body that ensures that CCGs have the capacity and capability to successfully commission services for their local population. NHS England will also ensure that the CCGs meet their financial responsibilities

This new system of clinical commissioning came into force on 1 April 2013 when the Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) were abolished. CCGs are designed to unleash the potential for clinical leadership. CCGs  cover the whole country and are accountable for how they use resources to secure quality care. They are  responsible for securing the highest quality and outcomes for patients within the resources available to them.

This new commissioning system is led by GPs and other clinicians. With clinicians who serve a local population of registered patients at their heart, CCGs have a strengthened knowledge of local health needs and the quality of local services.  Building on this knowledge they are able to lead service redesign with the confidence, and gain the respect and support of their colleagues across the health care system.

2.    Who is part of Southern Derbyshire CCG?

All 55 practices in the southern Derbyshire area are part of the CCG. The CCG is ‘run’ on behalf of the GP practices by a Governing Body that includes elected GPs, members of the public, a nurse, a hospital doctor, clinicians and health managers.

3.    What do the people on the Governing Body do?

The people on the Governing Body are responsible to the GP practices for doing a good job of planning the healthcare services Southern Derbyshire patients require, securing the most appropriate services and checking that they are delivered well.

The governing body is made up of people who have special areas of expertise and a firm knowledge of the health needs of Southern Derbyshire. They are:

Clinical Chairman: The GP who leads the Governing Body and makes sure the Governing Body carries out its duties and responsibilities as outlined in the CCG’s constitution.

Clinical Leads: GPs who take the lead on specialist areas, including urgent care, children, young people and maternity, planned (surgical) care, planned (medical) care, long-term conditions and end-of life care.

Chief Officer: The person who has statutory responsibility for making sure that the CCG carries out its duties and responsibilities to local residents. These include things like making improvements to the quality of services and making sure the CCG provides best value for money.

Lay members: Representatives from the community, providing independent expertise and an outsider perspective on the running of the CCG. One has particular experience and knowledge of and responsibility for patient participation and engagement, the other, of governance arrangements (audit, remuneration and managing conflict of interests).

Chief Finance Officer: Person with responsibility for supervising financial control and accounting of the CCG.

Secondary Care Clinician: This person brings health care and commissioning knowledge.

Local Authority x2: These people work for Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council.

Chief Nurse: A registered nurse who brings a broader view on health and care issues to underpin the work of the CCG, especially from the patient care and quality perspective.

For further information on the different roles and people who sit on the NHS Southern Derbyshire Governing Body, take a look at the Governing Body page of the website.

4.      What is the connection between the CCG and my local hospital?

CCGs commission services from your local hospital. In Southern Derbyshire these include Derby Royal Hospital and Burton Hospital.

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Frequently asked questions