Northumberland is home to approximately 316,000 residents and we are responsible for ensuring the planning and buying of local NHS health services meet their needs. We work with healthcare colleagues based in hospitals, the local authority, the community and voluntary sector and with local people to improve services and patient care.
Our four key areas:
Northumberland is a large county which is mainly classed as a rural. Therefore, to ensure we have a more local focus, we have developed four main areas:
- North Northumberland
- West Northumberland
- Central Northumberland
- Blyth Valley
We focus on providing care at a more local level, treating you closer to home in a way which suits your individual needs; helping you to avoid unnecessary travel and hospital admissions. We connect services, where possible, to provide seamless care so you receive the right care in the right place and at the right time.
What is a CCG?
We are clinically-led statutory bodies responsible for planning and commissioning most of hospital and community services in our local area. We buy services from providers such as hospitals, clinics and community health bodies based on the needs of our local population. We are also responsible for assessing these needs and deciding priorities and strategies to improve outcomes.
We are responsible for the health of the entire population of our local areas and we must constantly respond and adapt to changing local circumstances.
Find out more about Clinical Commissioning Groups.
The video below from The King’s Fund outlines how CCGs and NHS organisations work and fit together.
Our constitution sets out how we will operate, taking into account the different needs and priorities of people living within Northumberland.
The NHS Constitution has been created to protect the NHS and make sure it will always do the things it was set up to do in 1948 – to provide high-quality healthcare that’s free and for everyone.
Our operational plan
Our operational plan focuses on a programme of commissioning intentions. We aim to provide healthcare closer to patients homes to avoid unnecessary travel to hospital. We aim to reduce avoidable hospital admissions by improving support in the community for vulnerable and elderly people and for those with long-term conditions.
Our Governance Handbook
The CCG’s Governance Handbook brings together a range of documents which support good governance.
- NHS Northumberland CCG Constitution
- Governance Structure
- Standards of Business Conduct and Declarations of Interest Policy
- Delegated Financial Limits
- Detailed Financial Policies
- Authorisation Limits (Oracle)
- Decision Makers Register
- HR35 Raising Concerns Policy
- Member Practices Register of Interest
- Register of Gifts and Hospitality
- Register of Procurement Decisions and Contracts Awarded
- Joint CCG Committee for Cumbria and the North East Terms of Reference