Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) ceased to exist in April 2013 and the responsibility for buying and shaping local health services was passed to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
Stafford and Surrounds CCG was authorised as a statutory body in February 2013 after undergoing a rigorous 'authorisation' process to assure the NHS Commissioning Board they were safe and effective. The authorisation process covered six 'domains' against which the CCG was assessed, the domains were as follows:
- A strong clinical and multi-professional focus which brings real added value.
- Meaningful engagement with patients, carers and their communities.
- Clear and credible plans which continue to deliver the QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity, Prevention) challenge, within financial resources, in line with national requirements (including excellent outcomes), and local joint health and wellbeing strategies.
- Proper constitutional and governance arrangements, with the capacity and capability to deliver all their duties and responsibilities, including financial control, as well as effectively commission all the services for which they are responsible.
- Collaborative arrangements for commissioning with other CCGs, local authorities and the NHS Commissioning Board as well as appropriate external commissioning support.
- Great leaders who individually and collectively can make a real difference.
During the authorisation process, the CCG undertook a number of assessments including a 360° stakeholder survey, a site visit from a team of national assessors and the submission of a suite of documents.