South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is one step closer to planning and buying health services for people for living in and around Welland and South Holland.
The CCG is one of four emerging organisations in Lincolnshire that has completed a rigorous scrutiny exercise set by the National Commissioning Board (NHSCB) known as authorisation.
This process makes sure CCGs are well equipped to take over the responsibilities of local PCTs (like NHS Lincolnshire) on 1 April 2013 by assessing them against 119 criteria.
The NHSCB granted South Lincolnshire CCG authorisation with 16 conditions. It will now need to finalise its strategic plans and arrangements for finance and governance. The CCG is also required to demonstrate that it is working in partnership with key stakeholders to deliver services.
Once the NHSCB is fully satisfied with the CCG’s performance and ability to invest in the right health services for local people the CCG will become fully authorised.
South Lincolnshire CCG will hold a budget of over £200 million to spend on healthcare for over 155,000 people. This includes community, mental health and hospital services.
Dr Miles Langdon, Chair for South Lincolnshire CCG said:
“We are delighted to be one step closer to take on more responsibility of our own local health services. The 15 GP practices which make up our CCG will work together to improve the health of people living in the area.
"It’s our vision for the people of South Lincolnshire to live longer and healthier lives. We will work to achieve this by working in partnership with local people and partner organisations to shape services around their needs.”
“A lot of work has already been done to develop South Lincolnshire CCG and we have been working closely with key partners in the area to make sure there will be a seamless change from old to new NHS organisations.”