Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) have now replaced the Primary Care Trusts (PCT). Park Lane Medical Centre belongs to the South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Clinical Commissioning…. What is it?
Clinical Commissioning Groups are groups of GPs that are responsible for designing local health services In England. They will do this by 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
Clinical Commissioning Groups work with patients and healthcare professionals and in partnership with local communities and local authorities. On their governing body, CCG’s will have, in addition to GPs, a least one registered nurse and a doctor who is a secondary care specialist. Groups will have boundaries that will not normally cross those of local authorities. Clinical Commissioning Groups are responsible for arranging emergency and urgent care services within their boundaries, and for commissioning services for any unregistered patient who lives in their area. All GP practices will have to belong to a Clinical Commissioning Group.
Park Lane Medical Centre is part of the ‘South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group’. This is a single group representing the interests of some 211,000 registered patients and 29 GP practices from Liphook in the north to Hayling Island in the south and Denmead in the west to Emsworth in the east of our patch. Some 150 square miles straddling the A3 as it passes north to south through Hampshire. GPs from all 29 practices are involved in work designed to improve the health and health experiences of the patients.
Over time the effects of the changes made to services will increase but to help to explain the types of changes that can occur with GPs commissioning services we can use the community diabetes service as an example.
A few years ago lots of patients with diabetes were registered with the Diabetes Centre at QA. The number of patients registered was so high that they were not able to be seen by the team as regularly as they needed to be seen. A local GP with a special interest in diabetes started to work on an idea to see if increasing the knowledge and skills of some of the clinical staff in practices could mean that the patients could be discharged from the diabetes centre and seen in their GP practice instead. This would mean that the patients would be seen more regularly, it didn’t involve a trip to the hospital for them and that all of their diabetes care would be under one roof. Over a few years this has been put into place with the support of diabetes specialty nurses in the community and with the support of a diabetes consultant.
This is just one way that GPs commissioning services has helped to improve the service and care for a group of patients. There are many more services that have been improved, some that are in the pilot stage to test whether they will work and many more in the pipeline.
For further information regarding South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, please click the link below to access a dedicated website.