Half of CCGs 'fully authorised' as they enter first full year

Half of CCGs will enter their first year as statutory organisations 'fully authorised' after restrictions were lifted on 63 of the groups as they prepare to replace PCTs.

Barbara Hakin: half of CCGs fully authorised
Barbara Hakin: half of CCGs fully authorised

The 211 CCGs across England underwent an authorisation process in four waves, the first of which took place in December 2012.

NHS England, formerly the NHS Commissioning Board, has now reviewed 'conditions' placed on CCGs that failed to meet in full the 119 criteria for authorisation.

Conditions - which can include stripping CCGs of some statutory duties - were initially placed on 80% of the groups.

Now, just 105 CCGs continue to have restrictions in place. In addition to the 63 groups for which all conditions were lifted, a further 47 CCGs had some restrictions removed.

A total of 14 CCGs still face severe restrictions in the form of legally binding instructions from NHS England that formalise arrangements for intensive management support.

Dame Barbara Hakin, national director of commissioning development at NHS England, said: ‘I am delighted that more than three quarters of CCGs will begin work with either full authorisation, or with only a small number of conditions. Local clinicians are enthusiastic about the opportunity to shape healthcare on behalf of their local communities, and that enthusiasm has shone through during the authorisation process.

‘As we have always anticipated, CCGs are at differing levels of maturity, so some do need intensive support, while others are already well advanced. NHS England is fully committed to providing collaborative help and support for all CCGs.’

Another review of conditions on CCGs will take place in June. Further review meetings are due to be held quarterly after that.

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