Resources for CCGs are part of the CCG Learning Network which provides online support, resources and information for proposed clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
CQC have begun to inspect and rate every GP practice in England. Practices will be rated in one of four categories; ‘outstanding’; ‘good’; ‘requires improvement’; or ‘inadequate’. A new guidance framework has been developed to ensure that there is a consistent approach for CCGs, area teams and CQC to work together before, during and after inspections and for responding to instances where practices are rated inadequate.
In such instances, area teams and CCGs should be working with practices to ensure there are clear and transparent improvement plans in place and consider appropriate interventions if services to patients are at risk. This framework describes how area teams and CCGs should:
The Directory of development support is a searchable, on-line tool for CCGs and other commissioning organisations with hundreds of offers aligned to specific development needs. Users can search by specific development needs to access a variety of real tangible help such as facilitative support, expert advice, skills transfer, networking opportunities and recommendations for improvement from across the market.
The directory will be updated by supplier organisations on an ongoing basis to reflect new and changing development needs. For queries or feedback on the directory please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mapping the market charts some of the CSU and Independent sector commissioning support market; including some of the significant changes which are already taking place as the market for CSS evolves. There is a tangible sense of momentum and improvement. It is a useful read to understand some of the products and services available to commissioners and CCGs.
Mapping the Market Volume II charts parts of the VSO and SME sectors.
Developed in response to CCGs’ expressed needs, the Learning Environment is a fully-searchable online platform which brings together five key tools to support commissioning organisations in their development journey. The tools are:
The following tools can be accessed through a log in:
A range of Organisation Development (OD) resources are now available (below) to CCGs. This work has been led by members of an OD project group that was established last autumn under the work programme of the Commissioning Assembly CCG development working group.
The following resources have been provided to help emerging clinical commissioning groups as they work towards becoming established. They should be read in conjunction with Towards establishment: Creating responsive and accountable clinical commissioning groups published in February 2012.
The resources, which are optional, are designed to be flexible and to be tailored for local use. CCGs may choose to use all or certain aspects of each resource or create their own.
The NHS 111 National Business Continuity Escalation Policy sets out the policy and process for the deployment of national business continuity. It outlines how and when the service should be activated and how this is governed.
The Health and Social Care Act sets out clear requirements of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to make arrangements for managing conflicts of interest and potential conflicts of interest, to ensure they do not affect or appear to affect the integrity of the CCG’s decision making processes.
The NHS Commissioning Board Authority produced a number of pieces of guidance (which were adopted by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) in October 2012) that collectively provide the approach CCGs can take to manage conflicts within the legal framework. These documents were developed with emerging CCGs, primary care organisations, SHAs, PCTs and DH colleagues.
To meet the Board’s statutory responsibility to produce guidance for CCGs (to which they must have regard) on managing conflicts of interest, we have incorporated and updated the relevant parts of existing NHS CB guidance into one consolidated piece of guidance that covers both the statutory requirements and best practice, together with templates and other supporting material. Key areas the guidance covers are:
NHS England has the power to direct a CCG to exercise any of its functions relating to the provision of primary medical care services. This guidance sets out the arrangements for CCGs to commission out-of-hours primary medical services for their area.
Working with CCGs and others, NHS England has developed procurement briefings for CCGs that summarise the key elements of legislation and guidance governing NHS procurement of healthcare services. These briefings also provide an overview of the different approaches that CCGs may adopt and outlines some of the key considerations when undertaking procurement.
The briefing papers cover:
CCG learning network:
The GP IT Operating Model 2014
NHS England published the GP IT Operating Model in March/April 2014, building on and updating Securing Excellence in GP IT first published in December 2012. The model and supporting materials describe the operating and financial arrangements for the delivery of world-class IT in GP practice. CCGs will be at the forefront of managing the funding, ensuring there is flexibility at practice and local level set around a core national IT offer. Find out more on the ‘Information technology in primary care’ page.