North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, designing and paying for a range of local NHS services. These services include planned and emergency hospital care, rehabilitation, most community services and mental health and learning disability services.
Commissioning is the process of:
- understanding the health needs of the population
- agreeing plans and priorities to improve the health status
- developing and designing services for patients
- purchasing the best providers of healthcare local to population needs
- robustly managing provider contracts against agreed standards of care
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have the freedom to commission (or buy) services for their local community from any service provider which meets NHS standards and costs. These could be NHS hospitals, social enterprises, voluntary organisations or private sector providers. This means better care for patients, designed with knowledge of local services and commissioned in response to their needs.