We’re a membership organisation, made up of 31 member GP practices, led by doctors, nurses and other health professionals who have first-hand experience of treating patients. We also have a small organisation team who provide support to the CCG with specific functions including project management, contracting, performance and data analysis, finance, quality, communication and engagement. All decisions made about local healthcare priorities sit with our Governing Body and Primary Care Commissioning Committee.
Clinical Commissioning Groups work with other parts of the NHS along with partner organisations to deliver healthcare and improve health for local people. Find out more about who we work with.
Across Lincolnshire there are four Clinical Commissioning Groups who work together to buy health services, not only for their own area, but the whole of Lincolnshire. This is because residents across the county are able to use the same local hospital, mental health, and community health services. Each CCG takes a lead commissioning role, this means they are responsible for managing the contracts for certain health care services that are delivered across the whole of Lincolnshire. Find out more about the services we commission.
More about Clinical Commissioning Groups
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were created following the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, and replaced Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) on 1 April 2013. CCGs are clinically-led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area.
A principal reason behind the changes made to the NHS was to give clinicians a leading role in commissioning health services for their patients, something that had really been missing from the way the NHS operated virtually since its creation.
It was felt that, as clinicians knew the needs of their patients better than anyone else, this had to be the right thing to do.
Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group has taken this new approach to heart and everything we do in trying to improve the patient experience is led by clinicians. In addition to this, for every decision we make about healthcare we ensure that the patient is actively involved. Any decisions made are underpinned by the values set out in the CCG Constitution.
Where the NHS is now
For a whistle-stop tour of how the NHS works in 2017 and how it’s changing, please watch the video below: