This draft guide assists emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) develop their plans to navigate the authorisation process and become authorised CCGs. It gives a detailed description of the criteria, thresholds and evidence for authorisation and clarifies the three phases of authorisation: pre-application, application and Board Authority-led assessment.
The timetable for applications (there are four waves) is outlined and possible outcomes explained. The possible outcomes are:
- Fully authorised.
- Authorised with conditions.
- Established but not authorised (shadow CCG).
NHS Commissioning Board (2012). Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) authorisation: draft guide for applicants. London: NHS Commissioning Board, April 2012.