What is a Clinical Commissioning Group?

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) bring together local GPs and experienced healthcare professionals to plan and buy health and care services for the local population.

Our CCG formed in 2018 when the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups joined together. We’re one of 211 CCGs in England. Most of NHS England’s commissioning budget is now managed by CCGs.

Why were CCGs formed?

CCGs were introduced in 2012 to give local, frontline cliniciansmore responsibility for the design of health services. As family doctors and clinical specialists, we know the local community well, so can be more sensitive to the needs of patients and plan for better care. 

Patient involvement is at the heart of what we do.We hold regular consultations with members of the community and invite people to share thoughts where possible. We are part of local authority health and wellbeing boards that make sure that CCGs meet the needs of local people and – by bringing CCGs and local authorities together – better understand the health, social and wellbeing needs of the community.

What are CCGs responsible for? 

CCGs are responsible for planning, commissioning and monitoring the majority of their local healthcare services.

All CCGs have a duty to ensure continuous improvement to the services we commission, to reduce inequalities, enable patient choice, promote patient involvement, integrate health and social care, and to support innovation and research.

CCGs are responsible for commissioning:

  • Urgent and emergency care
  • Mental health services
  • Community health services (such as community nursing, podiatry, and physiotherapy)
  • Infertility, maternity and newborn baby services
  • Planned treatments and operations
  • Rehabilitation services

From 1 April 2018, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG will take on responsibility for commissioning general practice from NHS England.

CCGs are not responsible for commissioning pharmacists, dentists, opticians and specialised services that are only required by a small number of people. These areas are the responsibility of the national commissioning body, NHS England

Preventing disease, reducing health inequalities and promoting healthy living for the population as a whole is the responsibility of local authorities and Public Health England.

Like every CCG, we have a constitution and governing body, which includes GPs, a nurse, two members of the public and a hospital specialist. Our GP members delegate decision making responsibilities to our Governing Body.

What we do

Discover more about the work we do, what we are responsible for commissioning and how we make decisions.