Local clinicians authorised to commission NHS services for

NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is delighted to announce that it has gained authorisation to become a statutory NHS body and will plan, monitor and purchase a significant proportion of the health services used by local people in Enfield from April 2013 onwards.

Enfield GPs will work in partnership with other clinicians, managers and the local authority to secure quality healthcare services for the local population while placing patients at the heart of our commissioning decisions.

Local GP and Chair of NHS Enfield CCG, Dr Alpesh Patel said: “The potential to influence decisions about the delivery of health services by local clinicians and stakeholders brings an opportunity to improve health outcomes and deliver better health care for Enfield residents.

We realise that we can only effectively shape services that we commission if we listen to and understand the views of local stakeholders.”

Following rigorous assessment against 119 different criteria, NHS Enfield CCG received ‘green flags’ for 112, with further work required for the remaining seven. The CCG will be providing further assurance for these areas to the NHS Commissioning Board. One of the seven conditions has a legal direction, which means we will receive time limited support and supervision from the NHS Commissioning Board.

Since our authorisation visit in January we have already made significant progress towards
strengthening our strategic and financial planning, putting arrangements in place to ensure that we have good governance and safeguarding arrangements and developing our senior leadership capacity.

Dr Patel continued:
“A key part of commissioning services is to monitor how well they are being delivered with a focus on quality and cost effectiveness, to ensure that we get the best value for money for local patients.

Enfield General Practices are developing Patient Participation Groups as a very important part of putting the voice of member practices and patients at the heart of the CCG’s engagement and commissioning plans.

We welcome the support of the NHS Commissioning Board and would like to thank our staff, practices, patients and stakeholders who continue to work alongside us as we develop. We are confident that we will be able to address all of the conditions with a robust plan by the time of the first review with the NHS Commissioning Board in June. We look forward to taking on our statutory responsibility for commissioning good quality health care on behalf of local people and to improving the health of our local population”.