South Devon and Torbay CCG officially authorised
SOUTH Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group has officially been authorised to take control of the NHS budget in the area.
The Commissioning Board, a Government body tasked with overseeing modernisation of the health service, gave South Devon and Torbay CCG the green light to take charge of all health matters in the Bay and South Devon, with Dr Sam Barrell, South Devon and Torbay CCG’s chief clinical officer, now in charge of the area’s NHS overhaul.
CCGs are independent statutory bodies led by GP practices in their area, putting the majority of the NHS budget in the control of frontline clinicians for the first time.
From April 2013, CCGs will replace the 152 primary care trusts that currently commission healthcare services.
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Dr Barrell, a partner at Compass House Medical Centre in Brixham, said: “Receiving authorisation is great news.
“We will now push on with our aim to deliver improvements in health outcomes and quality for patients and communities.
“We have the flexibility to respond, innovate and develop services in the way that best meets the needs and wishes of local people.
“We are fully focused on delivering improved clinical outcomes, patient safety, quality, innovation, public participation and patient experience – bringing real benefits to the public.”
Authorisation was granted after a rigorous five-month assessment in which health experts ensured the CCG is safe and effective.
This included reviewing the CCG’s policies, carrying out detailed site visits, interviewing and assessing its leaders and evaluating its work with stakeholders and patients.
South Devon and Torbay CCG will now plan and commission local healthcare, including community hospitals, community health and mental health services on behalf of its 300,000 residents.
Steve Wallwork, South Devon and Torbay CCG’s chief operating officer, said: “We’re delighted to receive authorisation. It’s a great validation of all the hard work that’s been undertaken in the past year.
“These are exciting times for the NHS. Changes will be led by doctors, nurses and other health and care professionals, working with local authorities and other organisations that provide services.
“This joined-up approach means that people will have more say in the care they receive, and doctors and nurses will have more freedom to shape services to meet people’s needs.
“Through the strategic Joined-up Cabinet in South Devon, we will work with other leaders of health and social care to deliver seamless, no-barriers services for local patients.”