West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (WLCCG) today announced that it is now fully authorised to plan and purchase NHS services for around 366,000 local patients.
The announcement came as the reforms of the NHS took full effect throughout England as a result of the Health and Social Care Act.
Their full authorisation was approved by a sub-committee of NHS England on 22 March 2013. WL CCG was among the first 35 out of 211 CCGs in England to be granted authorisation last December. However, it was on the condition that some further work was done on finalising its integrated plan for delivering healthcare and improving local health.
WL CCG is now one of 106 CCGs in England with full authorisation status.
Dr Nick Pulman GP, Chair and clinical lead at West Leicestershire CCG said: “We are delighted to be among the first CCGs to achieve full authorisation and this is thanks to the tremendous team working and support from partner organisations across the health service sector.
“We are particularly grateful to patients and the public who have offered their time and valuable input to help us improve the quality of care provision closer to home. Having full authorisation means that we can now really focus on ensuring that our patients receive the right care in the right place at the time they need it.”
As a clinically-led CCG, the WLCCG team will be building on a joint working approach which involves GPs, fellow clinicians, experienced managers, social care professionals, other partners and importantly patients in the decision-making process.
Dr Pulman added: “The support and input of these groups has had a big influence on improvements, such as making healthcare more proactive, and the successful launch of the Urgent Care Centre in Loughborough on 27 March. We look forward to keeping people informed of progress with our exciting plans over the coming weeks and months as we strive to commission the highest quality health services on behalf of our local communities.”