Are clinical commissioning groups coping with the changes in the NHS? With CCGs just over a year old, do they have the ability to provide the bold leadership needed to make the necessary changes to local healthcare?
Are clinical commissioning groups coping with the changes in the NHS? The answer is very mixed. CCGs are still relatively young organisations. They have just completed their first year as commissioning bodies responsible for setting strategic priorities for their patch and commissioning care for secondary (acute and mental health) and community care, and for co-ordinating closely with public health and social care.
This is no small task. There are many cultural, organisational, budgetary and policy boundaries that divide and disintegrate care for patients and for populations. It is really too early to tell whether CCGs will have the ability to provide the bold local leadership to make the changes necessary to integrate care seamlessly for their population. The goal must be to manage the care landscape so that individuals can navigate the different sectors without encountering barriers or boundaries.Continue reading... The Guardian