As the NHS looks to transform to meet the rising demand and financial challenges, all parts of the system need to respond to support the drive to change. ‘The future of commissioning’ which was informed by interviews with CCG leaders and other key players in the health and care sector, is clear that we will continue to see an evolution in the commissioning system but that it remains a vital part of the health system that is focused on delivering for patients and local populations.
In the future it is unlikely that there will be one single model of clinical commissioning, but at the heart sits the clinical leadership, expertise and local knowledge of the communities they serve and this must not be lost. The paper also calls on national bodies and policy-makers to support the local models of strategic commissioning that are emerging.
NHSCC co-chair Dr Graham Jackson and Clinical Chair of Aylesbury Vale CCG said “CCGs have demonstrated over the past three and a half years a great ability to innovate and develop services, cognisant of a local population’s needs. This new paper sets out how clinical commissioning can evolve in a locally driven and defined way that will allow us to further meet the needs of the local patients and populations we serve. ”
Fellow NHSCC co-chair and Chief Clinical Officer of Blackpool CCG Dr Amanda Doyle said: “As ‘The future of commissioning’ brings out, the unique value of CCGs is their combination of credible clinical leadership, expertise and knowledge of the communities they serve. This local dimension must not be lost. Collaboration is also key – only through developing effective place-based relationships can we hope to assure the long-term sustainability of the NHS.”
Developments such as accountable care organisations and Sustainability and Transformation Plans, are welcomed in the paper as having the potential to allow them to focus on fulfilling their strategic ambitions to work across the whole system and place-based commissioning of services for the benefit of patients.
20 October 2016