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21st February 2013
Dr Peter Wilczynski, Clinical Chair of NHS Corby CCG
NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is now firmly on the way to taking over local healthcare commissioning from NHS Northamptonshire Primary Care Trust in April 2013.
The CCG heard today (21 February 2013) that it now has now been authorised by the NHS National Commissioning Board to become a standalone Statutory NHS Organisation. This therefore means that Corby CCG is deemed able to handle Corby’s local commissioning budget and make clear decisions about how services will be designed and where they should be delivered.
The authorisation process assesses every CCG against a set of 119 criteria. CCGs have to submit evidence for each area and also host a panel day where questions are asked by an independent team of NHS experts.
NHS Corby CCG has been authorised with two conditions. The CCG will now continue to work to address the conditions highlighted by the NHS National Commissioning Board to ensure they are fully compliant and authorised to assume full statutory responsibility from 1 April 2013.
The new GP-led clinical commissioning system will focus on delivering improved clinical outcomes, patient safety, quality, innovation, public participation and patient experience that will bring real benefits to patients and the public.
NHS Corby CCG is one of 62 CCGS in the third wave of authorisation to be assessed and given the all clear to take on full local commissioning responsibilities in April 2013. Nationally there will be 211 CCGs across the country.
Dr Peter Wilczynski, Clinical Chair of NHS Corby CCG, said: “It’s great news that Corby CCG has now passed all the stages to become an statutory body and we hope both of our outstanding conditions will be removed by April 2013. Now we can concentrate on the important things as we prepare to take over from NHS Northamptonshire in April.
“There will be difficult decisions to be made - we have a tough financial climate, our hospital services are under a lot pressure, and in Corby we have an ageing population. These can’t be ignored. However, our first and foremost priority is ensuring that people across Corby have access to high quality NHS services which meet their needs.”
NHS Corby CCG will take over responsibility from NHS Northamptonshire, while the rest of the county will be commissioned by neighbouring NHS Nene CCG.
This means NHS Corby CCG will decide how and where local NHS services should be delivered. 'Commissioning’ means planning and purchasing NHS services for local people from hospital trusts and other organisations.
As part of the government health reforms, primary care trusts will no longer exist from April 2013.