The latest version of Developing clinical commissioning groups: Towards authorisation is published today.
The document sets out current thinking to help emerging clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) consider the steps towards authorisation. It describes the processes that may need to be in place to ensure that CCGs are highly effective, with the leadership and confidence to discharge their healthcare and financial responsibilities.
As part of the publication process, an early draft of the document was shared in August and comments invited from pathfinders, NHS colleagues and other key stakeholders. Some of these comments are reflected in this version, in particular;
- The technical annex on the configuration risk assessment
- The section on the road map to authorisation
- Development areas for CCGs
- References to patient and public engagement
- Adding an executive summary
- Updating technical annex 3 to reflect many of the comments received.
The document has also been updated where the position has developed in the last few weeks, for example technical annex 1 (legislation).
To complement the publication of Developing clinical commissioning groups: towards authorisation, Frequently Asked Questions are now available to help emerging clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and other interested stakeholders understand the latest thinking about steps towards CCG authorisation and the processes involved.
Questions within this document come from points raised in response to the earlier draft of the document that was shared in August. They cover issues ranging from accountability to governance and finance issues. Other questions put forward but not addressed here require further thinking and will feed into the development of the forthcoming governance framework and the next level of detail on authorisation, due to be published in spring 2012.