The NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority, established on 31 October 2011, plays a key role in the Government’s vision to modernise the health service and secure the best possible outcomes for patients. Its role is to make all the necessary preparations for the successful establishment of the NHS Commissioning Board. In the meantime, all current NHS planning and delivery responsibilities remain with the Department of Health, strategic health authorities and primary care trusts.
The Health and Social Care Bill (2011) outlines the proposed new commissioning architecture for the NHS, which will devolve responsibility for the majority of commissioning to local clinical commissioning groups. The clinical commissioning groups will be supported and held to account by an independent NHS Commissioning Board.
Currently the Bill is progressing through the Parliamentary approvals process, so all plans and developments are subject to its successful passage.