Welcome to NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) exists to improve the health care of the local population. We utilise the knowledge of our GPs and their practice teams to improve the way that local health services are currently delivered and to help our patients to make full use of the services that are available.
The CCG membership is made up of GPs from Tameside and Glossop who, along with other health colleagues, are now responsible for commissioning health services across the area. This new responsibility for GPs comes as a result of the Government’s health reforms which are intended to make the NHS more accountable to patients, to free-up front line staff from excessive bureaucracy and to focus upon clinical outcomes rather than targets.
This is not about change for change’s sake! There is an absolute need for us to use every pound of taxpayers’ money available to us as effectively as possible to deliver high quality health services that meet the needs of the local population. There is a strong belief amongst the CCG’s GPs that we are well-placed to deliver this agenda as GPs are the link between patients and a wide range of health services, and therefore ideally placed to make commissioning decisions that reflect the needs and priorities of their patients.
What is GP Commissioning?
GP Commissioning is a statute set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It requires a group of GP practices working together to be responsible for agreeing how they purchase health care for their registered patients and for the local population as a whole.
GP Commissioning is about engaging GP practices and other health care professionals in the commissioning of services. Through GP Commissioning front line clinicians are being provided with the resources and support to become more involved in commissioning decisions. However this is not about every GP suddenly taking time away from their surgeries. It is as much about an understanding of how local resources are best used to achieve the best outcomes for our population and about having strong relationships with our colleagues in hospitals and in social services. The 41 practices across Tameside and Glossop have a long history of working together and already have established relationships.
GP Commissioning should lead to high quality services for patients in local and convenient settings. GPs, nurses, and other health and social care professionals are in the prime position to translate patient needs into redesigned services that best deliver what local people require.
The views of our patients are essential in this process. If you would like any further information or to give us some feedback, either about this website or about health care services locally, please contact our Communications and Engagement team by email: TGCCG.Communications@nhs.net or by telephone on 0161 304 5825.
As a statutory public body the CCG is required to have a formal constitution and, prior to our receiving authorisation from NHS England, our Constitution was developed in consultation with member practices. This Constitution is an important legal document outlining the CCG’s role and responsibilities, and also the responsibilities of GP practices as members of the CCG. The Constitution helps us to ensure we have effective structures, strong governance systems, and good relationships with member practices.