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Key issues for clinical commissioning groups

Our regular bulletins summarises the current key issues facing clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the solutions being adopted across the country, drawing upon our sector insight as the external auditor to 38% of CCGs.

CCGs must constantly respond and adapt to changing local circumstances to deliver the best possible health outcomes. This involves assessing local needs, deciding priorities and strategies, and then buying services on behalf of the population from providers such as hospitals, clinics and community health bodies.

This issue looks at:

  • Sustainability and transformation plan update
    The forecast gap in NHS funding is widening and ‘doing nothing’ is no longer an option. Given the scale of changes required across the various areas of service delivery, radical decisions need to be made. One of these include formal mergers being accepted as a way forward under the STP arrangements.
  • Future provision of GP services
    The challenges affecting primary healthcare services, such as funding, workforce recruitment and increased demand, are causing many CCGs and GP practices to consider new models of working across boundaries.
  • Recent CCG frauds
    The battle against fraud in the NHS came into focus during September with the report by the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Academy, concluding that the significant under-reporting of frauds within the NHS is resulting in under-detection and financial loss.

Other issues covered in this latest bulletin include:

  • Summary of final accounts issues found in 2016/17
  • CCG national financial position
  • CCG mergers and joint working
  • Benchmarking annual reports
  • Procurement-Virgin Care

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