The Regional Voices network in the North East, VONNE, has produced briefings to help the voluntary sector to understand the reformed health and care system. While they contain region-specific information for the North East, they are of nation-wide interest and applicability too.
Briefings for VCS published on clinical networks and senates, CCGs and public health. [Online]: Regional Voices, February 2013.
This briefing aims to support voluntary organisations come to grips with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). It outlines the responsibilities of CCGs , explains how they are held accountable and gives examples of community and voluntary groups working with CCGs.
Clinical commissioning groups: their key responsibilities, accountability and how VCS groups can work with CCGs. Newcastle upon Tyne: Regional Voices / VONNE, February 2013.
CCGs: Further Background Information
House of Commons Library
The House of Commons Library has produced a research note on CCG funding in England. It includes information about CCG funding allocations for 2014-15 and 2015/16.
Wood, J. [and] Heath, S. (2014). Clinical commissioning group (CCG) funding. London: House of Commons Library, January 13th 2014. Standard Note: SN06779.
NHS England publishes CCG funding allocations for next two years following adoption of new formula. London: NHS England, December 18th 2013.
How Clinical Commissioning Groups are Changing the NHS (NHS Clinical Commissioners)
This report lists some CCG success stories about how CCGs are incorporating clinical leadership, while working with local government and the voluntary sector to improve services.
Taking the lead: how clinical commissioning groups are changing the face of the NHS. London: NHS Clinical Commissioners, January 2014.
Code of Governance for NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators)
This code of governance is actually voluntary. It outlines the governance principles applicable to all CCGs in England. These principles complement official guidance from NHS England, legislation and regulatory requirements.
NHS clinical commissioning groups code of governance. London: The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, November 2014.
Framework of Excellence in Clinical Commissioning for CCGs (NHS England)
NHS England has published a draft “framework of excellence” for Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Rutherford, S. [and] Simon, J. (2014). Draft Framework of Excellence in Clinical Commissioning: For CCGs. Leeds: NHS England, November 2013.
Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCGOIS)
The Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCG OIS) is designed to assist in quality improvement by enabling CCGs to plan for health improvement. It will be used for measuring and benchmarking outcomes of services commissioned by CCGs. It should also provide comparative information for patients and the public to assess the quality and outcomes of health services commissioned by CCGs.
About the Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCGOIS). London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), January 31st 2014.
Commissioning and Funding General Practice (King’s Fund)
The following King’s Fund report examines new models of primary care, particularly with a view to meeting growing demands on local services from our ageing population. Existing contracts and models may be inadequate for commissioning “family care networks”.
General practice is ideally placed to tailor treatment of patients with complex needs, and to act preventively. Integrated community services working in partnership with social services can help people stay independent and out of hospital. High standard out-of-hospital services, available 24/7, promise to be effective in reducing avoidable hospital admissions. This report proposes and predicts the development of “family care networks”.
Addicott, R. [and] Ham, C. (2014). Commissioning and funding general practice: making the case for family care networks. London: King’s Fund, February 2014.