What is clinical commssioning?

In order to shift decision-making as close as possible to patients, power and responsibility for commissioning services has been devolved to local groups of clinicians.

In April 2013, a comprehensive system of Clinical Commissioning Groups was set up, supported by and made accountable to the NHS Commissioning Board. 

West London CCG is made up of your local GP practices and other health professionals, and is responsible for "commissioning" - planning, designing and paying for your NHS services. This includes planned and emergency hospital care, rehabilitation, most community services and mental health and learning disability services.

GPs and other clinicians are also responsible for engaging with local people to ensure that the services they are paying for meet your needs.

A national NHS Commissioning Board oversees the performance of Clinical Commissioning Groups, as well as commissioning GP services, pharmacy, opticians and dentists, and other specialised services.

The local consumer HealthWatch bodies have replaced the Local Involvement Networks (LINks). They promote public engagement in the NHS, comment on changes to local services, act as advocates for complaints, and deliver advice across health and social care.