How we work

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are clinically led membership groups of GP practices that plan, commission and performance-manage a range of local health services for their population.

CCGs are membership organisations and are statutory bodies, accountable to NHS England. NHS England ensures that CCGs have the capacity and capability to successfully commission services for their local population. NHS England also ensures that the CCGs meet their financial responsibilities.

This animation is a whistle-stop tour of how the NHS works in 2017 and how it is changing.

What are CCGs responsible for

CCGs are responsible for planning, commissioning and monitoring the majority of their local population’s healthcare provision, including urgent and emergency care, community health services (such as community nursing and physiotherapy), maternity and newborn baby services, planned treatments and operations, and rehabilitation services.

CCGs are not responsible for:

  • general practice contracts
  • pharmacy contracts
  • dentist contracts
  • optician contracts
  • specialised services (i.e. those specialist treatments required by a small number of people)

These areas above are the responsibility of the national commissioning body, NHS England.

Visit the Public Health website for more information.


East Berkshire CCG Constitution

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Health and Wellbeing Boards

Health and Wellbeing Boards  have been set up in local authorities to ensure that CCGs meet the needs of local people and, by bringing CCGs and local authorities together, better understand the health, social and wellbeing needs of their community.

Across East Berkshire there are three local authorities each has its own Health and Wellbeing Board.

Public Health Teams

The role of public health teams in local authorities and Public Health England is to prevent disease, reduce health inequalities and promote healthy living and help people to stay healthy, and protecting them from threats to their health.

East Berkshire CCG works closely with the three local authority Public Health Teams in East Berkshire, you can visit their website's by clicking on the boxes below.