Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are NHS organisations set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to organise the delivery of NHS services in England.
NHS North Kirklees CCG is responsible for planning, purchasing and monitoring (commissioning) a range of healthcare services on behalf of local people, including:
- Emergency and urgent health care
- Ambulance services
- Community health services
- Maternity services
- Hospital care
- Rehabilitation services
- Services for those with mental health conditions and learning disabilities
- Prescriptions for medicines
- GP services (primary care).
We serve a population of around 194,000 across the towns and villages of Dewsbury, Batley, Mirfield, Heckmondwike, Cleckheaton and Birstall.
All CCGs are clinically-led, which means that locally based doctors and nurses are actively involved in the development of strategies and plans as well as in day-to-day decision making. We are a membership organisation made up of 27 GP practices.
We have a long history of working together with neighbouring NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and our two organisations now share a single Chief Officer and a senior management team.
Our plans for the future must reflect the needs of local people, take into account national guidelines, address health inequalities and ensure value for money. They should also recognise the challenges we face as a result of a growing local population, an increasing number of people with long-term conditions and the availability of more innovative technologies, drugs and treatments. While setting out our priorities, we also have to to acknowledge the CCG’s financial position and the need to deliver sufficient savings to enable us to fund our plans and balance our books.
Increasingly, NHS and other organisations are joining forces to manage health and social care budgets. In Kirklees, partners including our two CCGs, council, and service providers are committed to working collaboratively to design, buy and deliver integrated health and social care solutions. Borough-wide ambitions and priorities are set out in the Kirklees Health and Wellbeing Plan 2018 – 2023.
We are also part of a wider arrangement as a member of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. The partnership brings together commissioning and provider organisations to focus on health and care services that benefit from being developed on a regional basis, such as provision for cancer, stroke and urgent care.
The NHS Long Term Plan was published at the beginning of 2019. The plan sets out ambitions and priorities to ensure the NHS is fit for the future. We are working with partners and patients across our area to understand what this means for our population and services.