Best CCGs have systems enabling data to be shared between practices

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) working best are those with data systems that can be shared between practices, according to the NHS Commissioning Board chairman Professor Malcolm Grant.

Speaking at a meeting of 150 CCG leaders in London on Tuesday, Professor Grant said: ‘Highlighting variation between practices is one of the major co-responsibilities we have in driving up quality and bringing about change in primary care. The ability of CCGs to do this collectively is unique.’

Tools enabling CCGs to better analyse data include MedeAnalytics and Health Analytics. Look out for a Commissioning feature about how Health Analytics is working in north-east London in the 2 May edition of GP and in our Commissioning section after that date.

Later in the day health secretary Andrew Lansley promised CCGs autonomy in return for results and financial responsibility.

Monitor chairman David Bennett also reassured the audience that the use of competition is an issue for CCG leaders to decide with the NHS Commissioning Board.

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