Council’s ‘CCG take-over’ aims to bring commissioners and providers together

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Yet another council is set to take over the functions of its local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in a move which it says will bring commissioners and providers together.

Cornwall Council is set to take on the role of the CCG as part of its plans to establish an accountable care system (ACS) which is designed to make care provision in the area financially sustainable and guarantee the quality of care.

An ACS does not change each organisation’s statutory and legal responsibilities. Instead it describes a way of working together that allows for a one strategy, one budget and one plan approach which aims to put the end-user, not the organisation, first.

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Dr Iain Chorlton, chairman of  the clinical practitioner cabinet, said the plans to transform health and care detail the need for greater integration between health and care services.

“The results of our ongoing engagement with the public, clinicians, health campaigners, and people working across health and care, show support for a more joined-up delivery. There has always been a boundary between people who buy health and care services and those who provide them.”

According to reports, cabinet member for adults Rob Rotchell stressed that the council’s plans did not mean the council taking over the NHS or vice-versa. Instead he said the long term plan is for the CCG to become a department within the council and will buy services from providers.

Last week it was confirmed four more clinical commission groups (CCG) in Greater Manchester are set to have their leadership merged with local authorities by the end of next year.

10 CCGs in the area have been told to establish a “single commissioning function” with their local councils. The CCGs, which are responsible for commissioning community equipment and wheelchair services in many areas, will be effectively merged with councils’ social care departments, according to the Health Service Journal.

Trafford, Rochdale and Oldham councils are set to take over from CCG leadership while Wigan CCG also intends to merge leadership roles, it was reported.

The news follows confirmation from NHS England last month that major consolidation will be brought about in April.

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