• CCGs are still feeling their way

    15 June 2012

    Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are still feeling their way in planning how to work with commissioning support services (CSSs).

    Deborah Davidson from the Health Services Management Centre at Birmingham University, who designed and facilitated a day of scenario based learning, said the scenarios identified important issues for further work, including building trust and better working relationships.

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  • Getting smart about patient and public engagement

    15 June 2012

    A series of guides aimed at CCGs promises to debunk and demystify patient and public engagement (PPE).

    The Smart Guides to Engagement have been written and edited by experts who were asked to produce concise, authoritative booklets explaining different aspects of PPE in the context of the changing NHS.

    The series of 10 guides covers:

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  • CSS leader warns of tough but exciting new world

    13 June 2012

    Clinical commissioners will be ruthless in switching support service providers that do not work in a dynamic and efficient manner, a PCC event on the transition has heard.

    Sarah Whiting, senior responsible officer for North West London commissioning support services (CSS), said discussions with local GP and clinical commissioning group leaders had underlined the challenges facing new support services organisations.

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  • Finance will be on the bridge not in the engine room (but CCGs need to get underway first)

    12 June 2012

    Clinicians and their finance colleagues are keen to work together to build effective commissioning teams, but still face big obstacles caused by the immaturity of CCGs as organisations and the financial climate. As a result, collaboration is often sporadic and in some cases non-existent.

    These are among the findings of a PCC and NHS Networks survey of around 300 clinicians and managers directly involved in CCGs.

    The survey also showed that clinicians understand the importance of the finance function and positive relations with finance colleagues.

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  • Functions of Clinical Commissioning Groups

    11 June 2012

    The Department of Health has updated a document first published a year ago setting out the functions of CCGs. The update takes into account the provisions of the Health and Social Care Act.

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