We plan and buy healthcare services for the people of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Commissioning is much more than just managing our budget. Working with patients and partners to:
- Plan for local health needs
- Procuring the best possible healthcare services
- Evaluating the quality of services in our local area
Planning for local health needs
We’re a membership organisation formed by GPs, supported by NHS managers, working at the frontline of our community, so we hear the healthcare needs of our local people every day. We also work closely with partners such as Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils and Public Health England to agree priorities based on the information that we gather between us. Together, this helps us assess our needs, strategically plan our priorities and review the services that are available.
Shaping the best possible services
We’re committed to being fair and open in the way we make decisions and commissioning services according to local needs. Our aim is always to give you access to the highest quality health services while making sure that we achieve the best value from the money we have. We hold contracts with hospitals, community health providers, mental health trusts, ambulance trusts, and other organisations that provide treatment and healthcare.
What local services are we responsible for?
We’re responsible for commissioning a range of local healthcare services for the population of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. These services are provided by a variety of organisations, such as local NHS hospital trusts and community health service providers.
The services we commission include:
- urgent and emergency care, such as NHS 111, A&E and ambulance services
- planned (elective) hospital care, such as operations and treatments
- general practice
- community health services, such as community nursing and physiotherapy
- rehabilitation for those recovering from operations and certain conditions
- maternity and new-born services (excluding neonatal intensive care)
- infertility services
- children and young people’s health services
- mental health services
- continuing health care for people with on-going health needs, such as nursing care
We are not responsible for commissioning dentists, optometrists and pharmacists, or for prison healthcare or specialised health services, all of which are commissioned by NHS England.
Evaluating the quality of healthcare services in our local area
We’re constantly reviewing the performance of the services we commission to make sure they’re providing value for our community. Alongside reporting and assessing their quality, an important part of this is seeking the views of the public and patients. We hold regular workshops, surveys and meetings to hear the voices of our community, and always invite your contributions.
Research and evidence
Our Research and Evidence Team works closely with the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England and other NHS organisations to gather the best available research and evidence to inform our commissioning decisions.