What is a CCG?

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are NHS organisations set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to organise the delivery of most NHS services in their local areas.

CCGs use the clinical expertise of locally-based doctors and nurses, supported by experienced managers, to commission (plan and fund) healthcare services.

This means we can have a real, detailed understanding of the health and social care issues there are in our neighbourhoods, and a genuine opportunity to shape health services at a much more local level as well as across the city of Leeds.

NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of 94 GP practices and we cover a population of around 870,000 people. Our key challenges are to tackle health inequalities and unwanted variations in quality of care, a growing elderly population with more long term conditions, for example diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The CCG’s strategic plan sets out how ‘we will focus resources to reduce health inequalities across our city’ as one of two high level strategic commitments.

We are members of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board and work with a range of partners to help us meet our organisation’s objectives. We support the work all partners are doing as a city to achieve our shared, overarching ambition of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Leeds ‘Leeds will be a healthy and caring city for all ages, where people who are the poorest improve their health the fastest’

The CCG is a key partner in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, The Partnership’s Five Year Plan, belongs to us all. It sets out our ambitions for the 2.7million people living across the area and also highlights the priorities where we have agreed to work on together across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, for example mental health, cancer, urgent care, maternity services, and tackling health inequalities – we know sadly exist.

Our local and West Yorkshire and Harrogate relationships are very important to us because we have the biggest impact on people’s lives when there is shared commitment by all.

Our shared goal is to join things up locally and at a West Yorkshire and Harrogate level, to connect organisations and people in ways that make better care easier – whether this is support delivered by local groups, services delivered in people’s homes or the treatment that is best provided in a hospital.

Find out more about CCGs by visiting the NHS Clinical Commissioners website.