North central London CCGs take on co-commissioning of GP services

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in north central London (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington) will from today take on shared responsibility for commissioning GP services, in partnership with NHS England, bringing a local approach to this area of health care. 

Speaking on behalf of the north central London’s CCGs, committee chair Cathy Herman said: 

“CCGs from across north central London will take formal responsibility for commissioning of primary care services in partnership with NHS England from October 2015. They will work with  local patient groups, GP practices, HealthWatch and Health and Wellbeing Boards, to buy and plan the best possible GP services for the local population. 

“We believe that our approach will allow us to do more in areas like developing the primary care workforce, and take advantage of our understanding of the needs of our local populations to better join up services.” 

Nationally, the move to allow CCGs to take on greater commissioning responsibility for GP services follows plans set out by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens in 2014 aimed at giving patients, communities and clinicians more scope in deciding how local services are developed. NHS England will continue to hold responsibility for contracting GP practices, and for areas of commissioning including performance monitoring. 

These arrangements do not affect commissioning of other areas of primary care (dental, optometry and pharmacy) services.