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​​​Clinical commissioning takes off in Southwark​


GPs and other frontline health professionals formally take on responsibility for planning and buying health services for Southwark people on 1 April 2013. NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group will formally take responsibility for commissioning the majority of hospital, community and mental health services for Southwark residents, overseeing a budget of over £350 million. Clinical Commissioning Groups and the NHS Commissioning Board have been established as part of the government’s health reforms that place GPs and other clinicians as the local leaders of the NHS.

As a membership organisation, where the members include all 46 GP practices in the borough, the CCG is well equipped to understand the health needs of Southwark’s diverse population and will use this understanding to get the best possible health outcomes for people in Southwark.

NHS Southwark CCG is committed to working closely with patients, local people and their representatives and has been building and developing partnerships including with local people and other organisations such as Southwark Council, local hospital foundation trusts and other CCGs.  The CCG holds regular meetings of its governing body in public. Details of these meetings and other ways to get involved in the CCG are available at: 
Dr Amr Zeineldene, Chair of NHS Southwark CCG has been a GP in the area for 19 years; 

“This is an exciting milestone for us. We really want to make a difference by putting patients at the heart of the services we commission on their behalf. As clinicians we understand local needs and know from our patients what works well for them and where we need to make things better.”

A new website has been launched at www.southwarkccg.nhs.uk  where people can find out more about how Southwark CCG works and the health goals that have been set in partnership with local people.