CCG success stories

Since they were set up CCGs have done a lot of excellent work to transform the healthcare of their patients and populations for the better. We’ve produced a number of case study documents highlighting the difference that clinical commissioning has made. You can see some of these below and find more on the policy briefings and publications section of our website.

You can also see below a selection of case studies showing some of the winners of our Healthcare Transformation Awards.

Case study publications

Delivering a healthier future: How CCGs are leading the way on prevention and early diagnosis (2016)

This report’ has a range of innovative case studies from across the country, which demonstrate the difference that clinically led commissioning is making. Focusing on prevention and early diagnosis, the case studies in this publication show that even in challenging times, CCGs are bringing together all the players in their local areas to drill down to the very essence of what populations want and need – and how it can be achieved.

Support from the Start: Commissioning for early intervention in mental ill health  (2016)

This report showcases four projects where CCGs and their partners are tackling the challenge of early intervention and draws out tips from the commissioners and practitioners involved in their development and delivery. Developed by our Mental Health Commissioners Network, the report aims to share learning and good practice from these projects to help support the implementation of more high-quality early intervention services.

SHCE_borderShaping healthy cities and economies: The role of clinical commissioning (2016)

This report demonstrates the positive contribution that clinical commissioners are making to their local economies. Produced by our Core Cities Network it shows how clinical leaders in England’s core cities – the eight largest cities outside of London – are looking at how the services they commission can improve not only the health but social and economic wellbeing of their populations.


Good Practice in Ambulance Commissioning (2015)

This briefing produced by the NHSCC National Ambulance Commissioners Network (NACN),  pulls together examples of good practice from across the country. The briefing shares innovative ways of commissioning emergency care, to help ambulance commissioners to think about new ways of working, in partnership with providers, to deliver effective and efficient ambulance services in their local area.

thccc_borderTransforming healthcare in England’s core cities (2015)

This shows how CCGs in England’s core cities are taking up the challenge set out in the Five Year Forward View and transforming the way in which healthcare is delivered to the benefit of their local population. The key themes of the report are developing new partnerships, ensuring equity of care across diverse populations, improving wellbeing, and finding better ways to provide healthcare services.

Leading Local Partnership:  How CCGs are driving integration for their patients and local populations (2014)

This report profiles just some of the CCGs across England that are driving new and innovative models of care that put the patient at the heart of the system. Integrating healthcare is critical to a safe and sustainable NHS, and CCGs are uniquely placed to use their clinical expertise, their roots in the community and their system leadership role to work in partnership across the health and care system to do just that and make a difference for their patients.

TTL_borderTaking the lead: How Clinical Commissioning Groups are changing the face of the NHS (2014)

This report shows a suite of CCGs’ success stories and describes how across the country they are unleashing the power of clinical leaders, working with local government, the voluntary sector, and others to improve services and change lives. Featured case studies include projects on falls prevention, joining up health and social care, and avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions.


Healthcare Transformation Awards


In June 2016 we held the Healthcare Transformation Awards in partnership with Health + Care to celebrate the fantastic work being carried out by CCGs across the country. You can find out more about some of the winning entries below.

Case study: Kernow CCG, winner of medicines optimisation 

Kernow CCG won for POPPIES, a domiciliary visit service designed in collaboration with Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Pharmaceutical Committee. It sees community pharmacists making home visits to the frail elderly – those who would most value, and truly do need, the help and support of their Community Pharmacist, but  those who normally miss-out on that expertise. Read more about POPPIES.

Case study: Stockport CCG, winner of successful service integration 

Stockport CCG won for its enhanced end of life care programme which brought together staff groups from health and social care to deliver an integrated service focussing on end of life care provision and making sure patients receive the appropriate level of care and support.  Since commencement of the service there has been a significant change in the number of deaths at home with 92% of patients able to die at home in their preferred place. Read more about Stockport CCG’s enhanced end of life care support.

Case study: Blackburn with Darwen CCG, winner of transforming primary care commissioning 

Blackburn with Darwen CCG’s Quality and Outcomes Enhanced Services Transformation scheme (QOEST). This is a 5 year plan designed to support primary care to transform into a sustainable, high quality provider that delivers better outcomes and improved access for patients and manages more people outside of a traditional hospital setting in a more integrated and proactive way. Read more about QOEST.

Case study: Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, winner of innovation in diabetes care 

When the CCG was formed in 2012, it identified diabetes as one of the eight key clinical priorities because outcomes were below the national average. The CCG worked closely with the acute hospital, community interest communities, Diabetes UK and the Diabetes User group to develop an integrated model of care. The implementation of the service, with the support of clinicians and stakeholders, has seen diabetes outcomes move from below to above the national average. Read more about the CCG’s integrated diabetes service. Read more about the CCG’s integrated diabetes service.