The Health and Social Care Act (2012) signalled the start of the next chapter in the NHS's history. It sets out big changes that will see groups of doctors and other health professionals join together to form Clinical Commissioning Groups (or CCGs) that will commission healthcare from April 2013.
Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group became authorised on 1 April 2013. As a CCG the Act states that we must have a Governing Body, to ensure and assure good governance arrangements are put in place for all decisions. However, we also work to a locality model, which means budgets, commissioning plans and some decision-making happens at a local level and feeds into our robust governance framework.
Surrey Downs CCG is made up of four different areas – or localities - with a total of 33 GP membership practices and serving a population of nearly 290,000 people. These localities are Dorking, East Elmbridge, Medlinc and Mid Surrey, and as a whole they cover Ashtead, Bookham, Epsom, Ewell, Banstead, Dorking, Esher, Cobham, Thames Ditton and surrounding villages.
We have a budget of £314million to buy healthcare from local hospitals, community services, social care, ambulance services, mental health services and many other service for you and your family.
We believe that strong clinical leadership and the true engagement of local people, patients and those who use healthcare in the Surrey Downs area will be the key to our success.
To see how CCGs fit into the new NHS structure please see the document below, created by NHS Employers.