The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) as the cornerstone of the NHS. Every GP practice in England is part of a CCG. CCGs commission the majority of health services, including emergency care, elective hospital care, maternity services, and community and mental health services.
All CCGs in Berkshire West are working with partner organisations to:
- Prevent ill-health within our local populations;
- Support people with complex needs to receive the care they need in their community.
- Support people to take more responsibility for their health and wellbeing and to make decisions about their own care;
- Co-ordinate care in a way that is person centred.
- Ensure people will only be admitted into hospital, nursing or residential homes when the services they require cannot be delivered elsewhere.
- Ensure services that respond to people with an urgent need for care operate together as a single system, ensuring that people with urgent but not life-threatening conditions will receive responsive and effective care outside hospital.
A strong and effective primary care sector is a critical aspect of an effective and high performing health care system. From April 2016 local CCGs will take on delegated responsibilities for general practice medical services from NHS England. The CCGs have developed a strategy which sets out how they will address current challenges and create a sustainable and strengthened primary care sector working. The strategy, together with the CCG’s other plans, can be found on the NHS Wokingham CCG website.
In Wokingham Borough the majority of GP practices are members of NHS Wokingham CCG. Read more about the CCG and find out how to contact them via the NHS Wokingham CCG website.
Only a small part of the Borough of Wokingham – the GP practice at Shinfield – is covered by another CCG, in this case the NHS South Reading CCG. Read about this CCG and how to contact them via the NHS South Reading CCG website.
You can also find out more about Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups in the information below: