19 January 2018
“We welcome the overall findings of the National Audit Office report on Sustainability and Transformation in the NHS, which shows how CCGs are having to be increasingly reliant on short term measures to deliver savings, as opposed to re-designing care to release savings in the long term. This finding certainly echoes our fears that the situation poses a significant risk to the financial sustainability of the NHS in the future.”
04 January 2018
“Managing conflicts of interest in the NHS is not new. CCGs must have strong governance plans in place to maintain confidence in the probity of their own commissioning and how they are spending the NHS pound. NHS England have set out some very clear guidelines on managing conflicts of interest and as statutory bodies, CCGs have a clear responsibility to work within those guidelines.
20 December 2017
Today sees the launch of the next stage of our work with NHS England to identify areas of current NHS spend that could be better utilised for higher priority areas, such as primary care and mental health. Following on from the commissioning guidance that was produced on items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care a joint consultation on commissioning guidance for conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care is now open.
14 December 2017
With the move towards accountable care, clinical commissioners are starting to take on a more strategic role as they plan and purchase health care for patients – a transition which comes with opportunities but is not without challenge. We have today launched a new document which aims to support the evolution of a more strategic commissioning function, bringing out lessons based on evidence from the UK and health systems abroad.
30 November 2017
Today at the NHS England board meeting, new commissioning guidance was approved in relation to 18 items covered in our joint consultation on items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care.
28 November 2017
Today, we are launching two new publications at our NHSCC Lay Members Network annual event, which focuses on the role that CCG lay members will play in the future of commissioning. These publications look at professional development for lay members, and consider the role of the non-executive community in the changing NHS.
22 November 2017
Responding to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget statement NHS Clinical Commissioners chief executive Julie Wood said: “The difficult decisions that clinical commissioners and their colleagues across the system are having to make on a daily basis are already starting to become impossible choices – it must be acknowledged that level of support offered by today’s budget won’t change this.”
10 November 2017
On 2 November 2017 we held our 5th annual national members event Making strategic commissioning work attended by CCG leaders from across the country. Keynote speakers included Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens.
01 November 2017
Responding to today’s story in the British Medical Journal our chief executive Julie Wood said: “As the representative organisation for CCGs we support our members in doing all they can within the law to deliver the greatest value for the commissioning pound while getting the best outcomes for patients. Using Avastin ‘off- label’ to treat the debilitating condition of Wet AMD rather than the more expensive Lucentis or Eylea is an opportunity for them to do just that.”
27 October 2017
Read our response to the Care Quality Commission’s initial review of mental health services for children and young people, from Dr Phil Moore, Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners Mental Health Commissioners Network.