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Resources - Understand Clinical Commissioning Groups

The transfer of most of the NHS budget to Clinical Commissioning Groups was one of the biggest changes in the Health & Social Care Act - but what do they really do, and can we influence them? Part of the OurNHS Resource Guide. 

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10 December 2013

Start by reading the Keep Our NHS Public and Patients 4 the NHS Frequently Asked questions for a better understanding of what CCGs - one of the central pieces of the Health & Social Care Act - are about.   

‘What should I say to my CCG?’ A new campaigners guide (October 2013) from Keep Our NHS Public, taking into account the impact of the Section 75 regulations as well as the Health & Social Care Act. Some more advice is on p19-20 of the TUC guide.

What does a CCG do? a simple (if over-positive) introduction video from City & Hackney CCG to clinical commissioning. Their website also shows the kind of documents that all CCGs should (but may not) be making easily accessible.              

‘Cynical Commissioning Groups’ A more critical but informative view of Clinical Commissioning Groups, by John Lister.

‘The roles at one CCG explained’ - a video from Help Me Investigate.

Find your CCG and a  little more information here.

 

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