NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is now firmly on the way to taking over local healthcare commissioning from NHS Norfolk and Waveney in April 2013.
The CCG heard today (11 March 2013) that it has now been authorised by the NHS National Commissioning Board to become a standalone Statutory NHS Organisation. This, therefore, means that West Norfolk CCG is deemed able to manage the local NHS commissioning budget and make clear decisions about how services will be designed and where they should be delivered.
The authorisation process assessed every CCG against a set of 119 criteria. CCGs had to submit evidence for each area and also host a panel day where questions were asked by an independent team of NHS experts.
NHS West Norfolk CCG has been authorised with ten conditions. The CCG will now continue to work to address the conditions highlighted by the NHS National Commissioning Board to ensure we are fully compliant to fulfil our statutory responsibilities.
The new GP-led clinical commissioning system will focus on delivering improved clinical outcomes, patient safety, quality, innovation, public participation and patient experience that will bring real benefits to patients and the public.
NHS West Norfolk CCG is one of 48 CCGs in the fourth wave of authorisation to be assessed and given the all clear to take on full local commissioning responsibilities in April 2013. Nationally, there will be 211 CCGs across the country.
Dr Ian Mack, Clinical Chair of NHS West Norfolk CCG, said: "It's great news that West Norfolk CCG has now passed all the stages to become a statutory body and we hope our outstanding conditions will be removed by June 2013. Now we can concentrate on ensuring we improve services for the people of West Norfolk".
NHS West Norfolk CCG will decide how and where local NHS services should be delivered. 'Commissioning' means planning and purchasing NHS services for local people from hospital trusts and other organisations.
As part of the government health reforms, Primary Care Trusts will no longer exist from April 2013.