NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, who are clinically-led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area, do not have the specialist skills to carry out certain functions, such as running large, complex tendering exercises and as a result pass these and other functions on to privately-run NHS Commissioning
The jobs most likely to go in the proposed "merger" of Shropshire's NHS commissioning
bodies are those of board members themselves, the chair of one of the organisations has said.
OPTOMETRISTS ARE ideally placed to benefit from the creation of General Practitioner Federations when they are introduced across the UK in April 2016, an expert in NHS commissioning
Solicitor Jennifer Maloney of Slater & Gordon said: "We have reached a settlement with the NHS Commissioning
Group, responsible for the Primary Healthcare Trusts that supplied the bed and failed to fix or maintain it."
It can be used by all 600 NHS Trusts and 211 NHS Commissioning
organisations to procure consultants for new build and refurbishment works for buildings including hospitals and GP surgeries.
Charity YoungMinds said 77 per cent of NHS commissioning
groups had cut or frozen funding this year.
The NHS Commissioning
Board refused to routinely fund the procedure but now some hospitals will be performing the surgery in a pilot scheme.
It had been feared that a new funding formula would mean Liverpool's NHS commissioning
group losing almost PS51m - or PS103 per head - from its annual budget.
Now that NHS commissioning
has fragmented across so many different organisations, it will be very difficult for practitioners dealing with more than one clinical commissioning group (CCG), as well as hospitals and the local authority, to be effective and efficient when there are several lots of rules and guidance to take into account.'
THE new NHS commissioning
group for north Warwickshire will hold its first public board meeting tomorrow.
It also provides an opportunity to learn how the Government, NHS Commissioning
Board and other key organisations are responding and plan practical ways to take forward change and improve the culture of healthcare.