Portsmouth CCG one of the first to be ‘authorised’
- Published on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 22:35
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) today received the green light to become an officially-recognised standalone organisation next year
It has become one of the first CCGs in the country to be officially authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB), on behalf of the government.
Portsmouth CCG – named earlier this month as the NHS Alliance CCG of the Year – is one of only 35 of the 212 CCGs nationally to seek first wave authorisation.
It means that it will go 'live' from April 1 next year and replace NHS Portsmouth – the city's primary care trust (PCT) - as the main planner and commissioner of health services in Portsmouth.
PCTs are being abolished as part of the government's health reforms as Ministers want GPs and other clinicians to have a far greater say in improving patient services.
Portsmouth CCG will have a budget of around £260m – and will be spending around £30,000 every hour on health services.
As part of the months-long authorisation process, the CCG had to show that it could commission safely, responsibly manage its finances, improve quality, reduce inequality and deliver improved health outcomes within the available resources.
Dr Jim Hogan, the CCG's chief clinical officer, said: "It's fantastic news for us to have been authorised without restrictions – though we still have one threshold to get formally signed off.
"I am extremely proud of what has been achieved so far. But it's only really the start of our journey as a CCG.
"There is a huge amount of work to be done as we seek to repay the trust that everyone is showing us to show that we can make a difference to improve the health of our patients.
"For now though, I'd just like to praise everyone involved who has helped us get to this stage for all their hard work and determination. It's taken a massive amount of work in a relatively short period of time."
The NHS CB has been reviewing Portsmouth's application since its papers were submitted at the end of June, including a site visit in September.
Neighbouring Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire CCGs are both in Wave Two of the authorisation process. There are four waves.