Board members of Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) agreed on Thursday (1st December) to support progression towards fully delegated commissioning in April 2017.
This means that the CCG assumes full day-to-day responsibility for commissioning GP services across the mid Essex districts of Maldon and Braintree and the City of Chelmsford. It is currently the responsibility of NHS England.
Delegated primary care commissioning is one of a series of changes set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View. So far, 114 of the 209 CCGs in England have assumed delegated responsibility.
Delegated commissioning gives CCGs an opportunity to develop a more holistic and integrated approach to improving healthcare for local people and deliver new models of care that integrate primary, community and care services.
Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG, explained: “We hope that this progression to fully delegated commissioning will give us more control of the wider NHS budget, enabling a shift in investment from hospital to primary and community services.
More importantly, we hope that it will enable us to offer local people more services closer to home and ultimately lead to better health outcomes and better patient experience.
“We have been in discussion with all of our 46 GP practice members and are still talking with our practices about how we take this forward.
“There is support for this move albeit we still have more work to do to clarify any financial risks and the governance behind the move to a fully delegated status.”
Between now and April 2017, the CCG will progress plans to move to fully delegated commissioning in collaboration with all GP practices and NHS England.