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Clinical commissioning groups

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Understanding the background to clinical commissioning groups and how to engage with them can be key to securing funding.

What are clinical commissioning groups?

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are one of the new bodies created by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Responsible for around 80 per cent of the healthcare budget, they commission the majority of services around health in England, including hospital care, community health services, rehabilitation services and mental health services. CCGs and the organisations that they commission support services from – especially commissioning support units (CSUs) – are therefore vital partners for the voluntary sector.

Good relationships depend on partners understanding each other. The CCG should understand what makes the voluntary sector distinctive, and voluntary organisations need to tailor approaches to the CCG. 

To a large degree, the best way to engage will depend on the relationships and structures that already exist in your area. We emphasise the importance of researching, networking and planning. Investing in these activities will be well worth the effort if it leads to better partnership working at a later stage.

How clinical commissioning groups operate and their main responsibilities

Page last edited Mar 28, 2017

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