Authorisation awarded to CCGs

South Sefton (SSCCG) and Southport and Formby (SFCCG) Clinical Commissioning Groups have received formal notification that they will become statutory NHS bodies from 1 April 2013.

They were authorised by the NHS National Commissioning Board (NHS CB) on 18 January, following a stringent assessment to determine if they are ready to take on the responsibility of planning and ‘commissioning’ or buying the majority of local health services in the area.

Fiona Clark has also been appointed Accountable Officer for both SSCCG and SFCCG, effective from the same date. It means that both clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will take over most of the work currently carried out by Sefton Primary Care Trust when it is abolished at the end of March.

Every aspect of the two clinical commissioning groups’ (CCGs’) work and performance was scrutinised by the NHS CB. Authorisation is granted after experts ensure a CCG is safe and effective through a rigorous assessment and assurance process which includes reviewing policies, carrying out detailed site visits, interviewing and assessing its leaders and assessing its work with stakeholders and patients.

SSCCG and SFCCG were in the second wave of authorisation and underwent the rigorous five-month assessment along with 65 other clinical commissioning groups around the country and are amongst 45 who have been authorised with conditions – or areas of development. Both CCGs expect to meet their outstanding criteria – five for SSCCG, four for SFCCG, from a total of 119 – before 31 March.

You can see the NHS CB’s full wave 2 authorisation report on its website, which includes details of SSCCG and SFCCG’s assessments.

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