What is commissioning?

Commissioning is the process of planning, agreeing and monitoring services. However, securing services is much more complicated than securing goods and the diversity and intricacy of the services delivered by the NHS is unparalleled.

Commissioning is not one action but many, ranging from the health-needs assessment for a population, through the clinically based design of patient pathways, to service specification and contract negotiation or procurement, with continuous quality assessment.

As a CCG, we have the freedom to commission services for our community from any service provider which meets NHS standards and costs.

The services that we commission include:

  • Planned and emergency hospital care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Most community services
  • Mental health and learning disability services

Read more in our About us section.

Primary Care Commissioning 

In early 2015, NHS England invited clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to take on delegated responsibility for commissioning local primary care (general practice) services. This provides the CCG with an opportunity to strengthen and influence the commissioning of primary medical care (general practice) for our patients.

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This video from The King’s Fund provides a tour of where the NHS is now and outlines how the new organisations work and fit together: