Half of CCGs will commission general practice from 2016

A further 52 CCGs have been authorised to take on fully delegated primary care commissioning powers, NHS England has revealed.

GP contract: half of CCGs will hold the deals from 2016
GP contract: half of CCGs will hold the deals from 2016

The CCGs will take on the powers from April, bringing the total number of groups with delegated powers to around half of the 209 across England.

CCGs with delegated commissioning powers manage contracts, including designing PMS and APMS deals, take contractual action such as serving remedial notices and removing contracts, and will have power over locally agreed and nationally set enhanced services - LESs and DESs - and the design of local QOF alternatives. They will be able to establish new practices, approve mergers and award discretionary payments.

The GP-led groups are able to improve services and support the development of new care models.

GP-led commissioning

NHS England’s national director for commissioning strategy Ian Dodge said: ‘This announcement is part of the wider plan to achieve placed-based commissioning. CCGs are increasingly wanting to join up the commissioning of general practice with other community services in order to develop more integrated care for their communities and patients. Provided that conflicts of interest are managed robustly and properly, we are learning that the delegated model looks most likely to deliver the greatest benefits.’

Primary care co-commissioning programme oversight group co-chair Dr Amanda Doyle added: ‘It’s good news that over 50% of all CCGs will be operating under delegated arrangements, it shows ambition and enthusiasm to take the lead in changing the way care is delivered.

‘If we are to truly transform out-of-hospital care and build primary care that will be sustainable for the future, CCGs must have the commissioning levers, as well as the resources, to succeed for their patients and local populations.’

CCGs taking on delegated responsibility from April 2016, subject to signing the delegation agreement, are:


  • South Tees CCG
  • Hartlepool and Stockton on tees CCG
  • Darlington CCG
  • Northumberland CCG
  • Leeds West CCG
  • Trafford CCG
  • Tameside and Glossop CCG
  • Bolton CCG
  • Doncaster CCG
  • Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG
  • Eastern Cheshire CCG
  • Stockport CCG
  • Greater Huddersfield CCG
  • Leeds North CCG
  • Leeds South and East CCG
  • North Manchester CCG
  • Salford CCG
  • South Manchester CCG
  • Vale Royal CCG
  • South Cheshire CCG
  • Central Manchester CCG
  • Sheffield CCG
  • Bury CCG

Midlands and East

  • Redditch & Bromsgrove CCG
  • Wyre Forest CCG
  • Cambridge & Peterborough CCG
  • Walsall CCG
  • Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG
  • Corby CCG


  • Richmond CCG
  • Wandsworth CCG
  • Sutton CCG
  • Merton CCG
  • Kingston CCG


  • Isle of Wight CCG
  • North West Surrey CCG
  • Coastal West Sussex CCG
  • West Kent CCG
  • Canterbury and Coastal CCG
  • North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG
  • Southampton City CCG
  • South Reading CCG
  • Wokingham CCG
  • Newbury and District CCG
  • North and West Reading CCG
  • Aylesbury Vale CCG
  • Ashford CCG
  • Swale CCG
  • Dartford Gravesham & Swanley CCG
  • Hastings and Rother CCG
  • Oxfordshire CCG
  • Dorset CCG

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