What is commissioning?
NHS commissioning is the process through which the health needs of the local population are identified and the services purchased and reviewed to meet those needs. NHS Hull CCG commissions a range of services including urgent care (such as A&E services and the GP Out of Hours Service), routine hospital treatment, mental health and learning disability services, plus community and secondary care services for children and young people and maternity services.
Where appropriate, the CCG will jointly commission services with partners such as neighbouring East Riding of Yorkshire CCG for healthcare or Hull City Council for social care services.
Being a clinically-led organisation, local doctors and GP practices can use their local knowledge of the communities of Hull to design and implement changes that deliver the CCG's vision of creating a healthier Hull.
Whilst the majority of local services are commissioned from NHS providers, such as Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and Humber NHS Foundation Trust, services are also commissioned from other types of provider including social enterprises, the voluntary and community sector, and independent healthcare providers. This is done in the interests of procuring the highest quality services whilst still ensuring value for money.
NHS Hull CCG will commission the majority of healthcare locally, though certain services will be commissioned by the NHS National Commissioning Board; these include GP services (to ensure there is no conflict of interest), plus dental, optometry and pharmacy services and other specialist services which are to be delivered across the wider region or country.