The big picture
Clinical Commissioning Groups are allocated their resources by NHS England, an independent organisation established in October 2012 to improve health outcomes by providing national leadership, overseeing the operation of CCGs, and by directly commissioning some services.
CCGs buy most of the healthcare in their areas except for specialised services (such as those for cancer and military injuries) and "primary care" (from GPs, pharmacies, and dental practices, for instance), which are commissioned by NHS England.
Surrey County Council
County councils are responsible for "public health" in their areas; helping people to avoid getting ill by encouraging healthy living and preventing the spread of viruses. To identify and meet local health needs, councils work with the NHS, public health, social care, local councillors and user representatives through Health and Wellbeing Boards. Details of the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board can be found on Surrey County Council's website here.
Together Surrey County Council, the 11 district and borough councils, six NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, Healthwatch Surrey, Surrey Community Action and Surrey Police work across Surrey to promote a 'Healthy Surrey'. As well as a website with up-to-date campaigns, there are a number of ways that local people are engaged and involved. You can find out more here or through visiting the Healthy Surrey website here.
Our providers are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, who inspect what they do, and make sure quality and safety standards are met.
CCGs are not subject to regulation by external bodies such as the CQC, but are licensed by NHS England, who are able to require CCGs to comply with a number of conditions and directions. Surrey Downs CCG is currently subject to directions, focusing on four key areas of work. These have been issued to support the CCG with our financial recovery plan to achieve a financial balance in 2016/17. These directions are available on the NHS England website here. Directions are regularly reviewed to enable a CCG to exit them as soon as possible, with an effective improvement plan in place.
The CCG can be subject to non-sector regulation by bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive, The Information Commissioner’s Office, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Surrey Downs CCG is not subject to any investigations or regulatory notices at this time.