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GPs take over Commissioning of Health Services in Wokingham

The NHS stepped into a new era when GPs took over responsibility for buying and paying for local healthcare services in Wokingham on 1 April 2013.

The NHS stepped into a new era when GPs took over responsibility for buying and paying for local healthcare services in Wokingham on 1 April 2013.

NHS Wokingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which is led by GPs, other clinicians and lay members will plan and commission hospital, community health and mental health services on behalf of local people.

The CCG is made up of 14 GP practices with a total of 155,000 patients, and has a commissioning budget of £145m in 2013/14. 

Dr Stephen Madgwick, the GP lead for Wokingham CCG, said: "We are pleased to take on our new commissioning role so that we can further improve the quality and effectiveness of health services we buy on behalf of local people. We are keen to engage patients and residents in Wokingham borough in our commissioning role. We aim to enhance the care service in the community to relieve the growing pressure on our local hospitals.  We are keen to promote healthy living to keep peoples as healthy as possible, for as long as possible.

Over the past few months we have been working with local residents and groups to identify our plans and intensions for the coming years.  The commissioning plan will soon be on our website www.wokinghamccg.nhs.uk.  Our priorities include, supporting the role of carers in the community, improving the care of diabetic patients and increasing uptake in the cancer screening programmes.

One of the ways of listening to patient views is through patient participations groups attached to each local GP practice. These feed into the Wokingham Patient Forum which will have a big influence on our commissioning decision making process.'

Wokingham CCG was authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board in December last year to take on its new commissioning role after a rigorous assessment made sure it was safe and effective. The CCG has replaced NHS Berkshire West Primary Care Trust.

Across England, 211 CCGs have become commissioners of healthcare services and are responsible for a total budget of £65billion. There are seven CCGs in Berkshire.

For further information contact Richard McCrann, Media and PR Officer,  Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit, Tel 01865 334 640. Email:cscsu.media-team@nhs.net

 

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