What is a clinical commissioning group?

Clinical Commissioning Groups are groups of GPs that are responsible for designing local health services in England.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) work with patients and healthcare professionals, and in partnership with local communities and local authorities. On their governing body, CCGs have, in addition to GPs, a least one registered nurse and a doctor who is a secondary care specialist (someone who specialises in hospital-based care). Groups have boundaries that will not normally cross those of local authorities. All GP practices have to belong to a Clinical Commissioning Group.