Clinical Commissioners take the reins in Lambeth
1 April 2013 marks the beginning of a new era in the NHS as the new clinically led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) take their place as local commissioners of healthcare services. NHS Lambeth CCG will formally take responsibility for commissioning the majority of hospital, community and mental health services for Lambeth people, overseeing a budget of over £420 million. Clinical Commissioning Groups and the NHS Commissioning Board have been established as part of the government’s health reforms that place GPs and other clinicians as the local leaders of the NHS.
As a membership organisation, where the members include all 49 GP practices in the borough, the CCG is well equipped to understand the health needs of Lambeth’s diverse population and will use this understanding to improve the health and reduce health inequalities in Lambeth.
NHS Lambeth CCG has been building and developing partnerships, working closely with local people and other organisations such as Lambeth Council and local hospital Foundation Trusts. We are committed to working closely with patients, local people and their representatives. We welcome everyone to attend our bi-monthly governing body meetings which are all held in public. Details of these meetings and other ways to get involved in the CCG are available at www.lambethccg.nhs.uk.
Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of NHS Lambeth CCG has been a GP in the area for over 25 years said:
“As GPs we understand local needs and know from our patients what works well for them and where we need to make things better. Between us, the healthcare professionals on our governing body have many years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to bring to the table, and are committed to improving health and tackling health inequalities so that local people receive the best possible care”.
A new website has been launched at www.lambethccg.nhs.uk where people can find out more about how Lambeth CCG works and the health goals that have been set in partnership with local people.