The Secretary of State today announced the release of the ‘Ready Reckoner’, an interactive tool for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to map their potential running costs based on various commissioning support options.
Developed in partnership with Pathfinder groups, Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) and PCT clusters, the tool will help CCGs to understand the financial implications of different commissioning support arrangements and delivery models. It will also give CCGs the flexibility to work through the potential impact that their population size has on resources and staffing structures.
The Department hopes that by making this tool available it will help to stimulate a range of local discussions between clinical commissioning groups, and with PCT clusters and SHAs, around opportunities for CCGs to collaborate with others, share functions or become part of a larger federation to benefit patients. Most importantly, it allows CCGs to consider how they can use external support options that are cost effective and leave the maximum resources available for clinical and quality design.
Pathfinders should contact their SHA Director of Commissioning Development for further information.