Calderdale CCG covers 26 GP practices and a registered population of more than 213,000 patients. CCGs are groups of GPs responsible for planning and designing local health services in England. They do this by ‘commissioning’, or buying, health and care services including:
• Planned hospital care
• Urgent and emergency care
• Rehabilitation care
• Community health services
• Mental health and learning disability services
Clinical Commissioning Groups work with patients and health and social care partners, such as local hospitals, local authorities and local community groups, to ensure services meet local needs. CCG boards are made up of GPs from the local area, at least one registered nurse and one secondary care specialist doctor.
At NHS Calderdale CCG, our aim is to improve the lives of local people by increasing life expectancy, making sure we commission and provide good quality services and to reduce health inequalities across the district.
Our vision and values
The CCG’s vision is: To achieve the best health and wellbeing for the people of Calderdale within our available resources
- Preserve and uphold the values set out in the NHS constitution
- Treat each other with dignity and respect
- Encourage innovation to inspire people to do great things
- Be ambassadors for the people of Calderdale
- Work with our partners for the benefit of local people
- Value individuality and diversity and promote equity of access based on need
- Commission high quality services that are evidence-based and make the most of available resources
- Encourage and enable the development of Care Closer to Home
Download a copy of the CCG Constitution.
As an organisation we are working towards six key priorities. These are:
1. Preventing people from dying prematurely
2. Enhancing the quality of life for people with a long-term condition (including work on urgent care pathways)
3. Helping people to recover and maintain their independence (including work on intermediate tier)
4. Ensuring people have a positive experience of care (including those in care homes, and those accessing primary care)
5. Ensuring a safe environment and protecting people from harm
6. Reducing inequalities in Calderdale.
We use our available resources to deliver our priorities, fulfill our commissioning plans and improve outcomes for patients. We regularly review our activities and, where apppropriate, take action to achieve financial balance in respect of provider costs, prescribing and management/running costs.
How we fit into the NHS Structure
CCGS are new organisations, led by a team of local clinicians such as GPs, Consultants and nurses which have taken over from the old Primary Care Trusts (PCTs).
NHS Calderdale CCG has been established as part of the major changes to the NHS set out in the 2010 White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence – Liberating the NHS’ which became law under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Under the 2012 Act, from April 2013 Primary Care Trusts were abolished and Clinical Commissioning Groups became responsible for commissioning or buying health and care services including:
- Elective hospital care
- Rehabilitation care
- Urgent and emergency care
- Most community health services
- Mental health and learning disability services.
CCGs are overseen by NHS England, which is a national body formed under the 2012 Act. Local offices of NHS England oversee their local CCGs such as NHS Calderdale CCG. NHS England also has responsibility for managing primary care contracting, including holding GP practices’ NHS contracts.
As well as creating CCGs and the NHS Commissioning Board (now called NHS England), the Act established several other new bodies including:
- Healthwatch England – responsible for providing advice on the views of local organisations and service users
- The Health and Social Care Information Centre – responsible for publishing and assessing the quality of information produced by health and social care bodies
- Public Health England – responsible for public health.
Alongside development of the CCGs, Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) have also been developed. Local CCGs contract with the CSU to provide a range of functions, including HR support, contracting, service improvement and business intelligence, patient and public involvement and information governance. NHS Calderdale CCG contracts with NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support, spanning a population of 3.9 million people.