All of the 211 emerging clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England have now submitted their applications for authorisation to take on their clinical commissioning responsibilities.
The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has this week received submissions from the 46 CCGs in Wave 4 – the final group to present their applications.
The NHS CB is responsible for supporting the development of CCGs, and the authorisation process has been designed to ensure that CCGs are able to commission safely, use their budgets responsibly and exercise their functions to improve quality, reduce inequality and deliver improved outcomes. The 211 CCGs were divided into waves to help the NHS CB manage the task of assessing each CCG’s evidence against the rigorous criteria set out in regulations which support the Health and Social Care Act.
Dame Barbara Hakin, National Director: Commissioning Development at the NHS Commissioning Board, said: “The submission of applications for all 211 clinical commissioning groups marks a real milestone in the work to establish a clinically-led commissioning system in England. In all four waves, every single CCG submitted its evidence on time and this reflects the hard work and dedication CCG leaders have shown throughout the authorisation process.”
The full list of authorisation waves is available. Each CCG will take on its commissioning responsibilities in April 2013, irrespective of which wave it is in.
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