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Major report into Clinical Commissioning Groups published

Friday, 16 November 2012

Researchers have published the first in-depth study into how the government’s planned shake-up of the NHS next year is progressing.

The reorganisation of the NHS in England, which will see new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – led by GPs – take responsibility for spending some £60 billion of public money, has generated much debate and discussion over the last two years. These groups were established during 2012 and have been preparing their organisations and plans ready to take on their new functions from next April.

The Department of Health-funded Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) – which is a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of Manchester and the University of Kent - has researched these developments and today publishes its first major report about the early development of CCGs.

“The study provides the first detailed evidence about the way in which aspirant CCGs have been developing and meeting the challenges associated with their new roles,” said Dr Kath Checkland, from the University of Manchester, who led the research. “We carried out detailed qualitative case studies in eight developing CCGs across England from Sept 2011-June 2012, as well as conducting web surveys of all developing CCGs at two points in time – December and April. This study provides a comprehensive look at what is happening as the most significant NHS reorganisation in a generation unfolds.”

The Unit’s Director, Stephen Peckham, Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “The current NHS changes are the most significant since 1948 and it is important to capture this process of change. This study provides a unique insight into the development of the new Clinical Commissioning Groups and how GPs and other health services staff are coping with these changes.”

Key findings include:

The Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) provides evidence to the Department of Health to inform the development of policy on commissioning.

The full report is available at www.prucomm.ac.uk

(Image: Stethoscope and pen resting on a sheet of medical lab test results, with patient file and x-ray or mri film. Credit: iStockphoto.com/VisualField)

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