Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group (Aylesbury Vale CCG) is a group of 21 GP practices in Princes Risborough, Thame, Aylesbury, Buckingham and across North Buckinghamshire, serving a population of over 200,000. From April 2013 NHS Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be the organisation responsible for deciding how around £200m of taxpayers’ money is spent on healthcare for Buckinghamshire people.
We have formed in response to the Government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012 and have been authorised by the National Commissioning Board to hold the statutory responsibility to commission services in north Buckinghamshire.
Whilst this is a new organisation, we have been working as a ‘shadow’ form since April 2012 preparing for our statutory responsibility and have built on the foundations of United Commissioning, the Practice Based Commissioning organisation that operated until 2012.
- assessing the health needs of a population
- taking responsibility for ensuring that appropriate services are available to meet those needs
- being accountable for the associated health results
Clinical Commissioning transfers these responsibilities to doctors and health professionals in local GP practices.
Our purpose is to use the public money allocated to us to buy health services that meet the needs of our population. We will seek to improve the quality of services provided, the experience of patients when using those services and most importantly to improve the health outcomes for the people we serve.
To achieve this, we will work in a new way that:
- focuses on our patients’ needs
- is led by clinical commissioners
- develops partnerships between patients, health care providers, social care, voluntary services and commissioners
Buckinghamshire primary care clinicians have been significantly involved in and led the development of commissioning in Buckinghamshire for some time. Strong working relationships exist between us and Chiltern CCG and we are building good links with the neighbouring CCGs for Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes.
The section Our Vision and Values describes in more detail the vision for Aylesbury Vale CCG which may be summarised as, “bringing clinical leadership to local health needs”.