CRCCG is part of the National Health Service (NHS), which forms a very large part of the public sector. To view the NHS website please visit www.nhs.uk.
The NHS has undergone major changes in its core structure. Most of the changes took effect on 1 April 2013, and these changes have had an effect on who makes decisions about NHS services, how these services are commissioned, and the way money is spent. As part of the restructure of services, new organisations such as clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were formed while others like primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities (SHAs) were abolished.
CCGs have taken on many, but not all, of the functions of PCTs and in addition some functions previously undertaken by the Department of Health. All GP practices belong now to a CCG and the groups also include other health professionals, such as nurses. CCGs commission most services, including:
- planned hospital care
- urgent and emergency care (including out-of-hours)
- most community health services
- mental health and learning disability services
CCGs can commission any service provider that meets NHS standards and costs. These can be NHS hospitals, social enterprises, charities, or private sector providers.
However, they must be assured of the quality of services they commission, taking into account both National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) data about service providers.
The Department of Health is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the NHS and does this through providing key national strategies. The Department of Health website is available at www.dh.gov.uk .
The About the CCG section of our website provides more information regarding our organisational structure, our commissioning and provider roles and how CRCCG fits into the overall NHS structure. This section also gives insight into the running, and members of, our Governing Body and Executive team.
This website and our Prospectus contain details of roles and responsibilities as an organisation.
Our purpose is to improve the health of individuals and communities in Coventry and Rugby and provide the best possible healthcare that we can afford. In carrying out our purpose we will make sure we work in partnership with the other agencies in the city. We will involve patients and carers and local people in what we are doing and take account of the many cultures and communities in the areas which we serve. We will strive to be an organisation that learns from all it does and values and supports