What are Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)?

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were set up by the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 as part of a major restructuring of NHS service delivery.  Lead by clinicians, CCGs are responsible for buying health services for the local area such as:

  • Hospital services
  • Urgent Care services
  • Rehabilitation Care
  • Most Community Health services
  • Mental Health and Learning Disability services

As well as researching and understanding the health needs of the local population, it is the responsibility of the CCG to monitor how a service they have commissioned is being delivered. CCGs do not commission Primary Care.

NHS England’s Simple Guide to the NHS explains the new structure of the organisation and how CCGs sit within it.

The following infographic by The Kings Fund sets out to explain the new structure of the NHS: