About us

Our CCG area

Welcome to the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website

Who we are

Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG is the NHS organisation that coordinates the delivery of health services on behalf of everyone living in Hartlepool and Stockton.

We’re a membership organisation made up of 33 GP practices across the area that covers a population of around 300,000.

Meet our Governing Body members.

View our prospectus which details our full service as a CCG and what it means to you.

What are CCGs?

We’re one of 209 clinical commissioning groups (CCG) in England, established in 2012. A CGG is an independent statutory body governed by locally based doctors, nurses and experienced managers, supported by supported by health professionals using direct input from the general public.

We’ve taken over a range of commissioning responsibilities from primary care trusts (PCTs) and manage most of the NHS commissioning budget for England.

Read more in the Understanding the New NHS guide.

Our CCG is supported by a wider NHS team know as North of England Commissioning Support Unit, who work with us to help take forward plans and make real and lasting improvements for local people will making use of NHS resources.

Who are CCGs accountable to?

We’re overseen by NHS England at a national level.

NHS England ensures that CCGs have the capacity to successfully commission (buy) services for its local population. NHS England also ensures that the CCGs meet its financial responsibilities.

The NHS is a complex system, which can sometimes make it difficult to understand – especially working out who is responsible for what. It’s made up of a wide range of different organisations with different roles, responsibilities and specialities. These organisations provide a variety of services and support to patients and carers.

There is further information on the NHS England website including a useful video which helps describe the different NHS organisations, please visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/nhs/

Assurance framework

NHS England has a statutory duty to conduct an annual assessment of every CCG in England.

NHS England launched My NHS which publishes and shares the CCG scorecard through each year of the NHS Five Year Forward View.

In 2017, NHS England also introduced the CCG improvement and assessment framework which replaced the previous CCG Assurance Framework.

The CCG improvement and assessment framework aligns with Department of Health’s NHS Mandate and with the NHS Five Year Forward View.