Since 1st April 2013, every community in England has been covered by one of 211 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which are led by GPs and are responsible for planning and commissioning hospital, community health and mental health services on behalf of their local areas. Together, CCGs will be responsible for £65 billion of the £95 billion NHS commissioning budget.

Under section 14Z2 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 each CCG has a duty to make arrangements to involve patients and the public at various specified stages, of the commissioning process. Read more here about what CCGs must do.

Our Top Tips leaflet explains how patients and PPGs can be engage with their CCG and influence decisions about their local services. It is one of the results of the N.A.P.P. Commissioning Champions project.

PPGs from member GP practices which make up locality CCGs are, in many areas, now actively engaging with their commissioners by:


Commissioning Champions Project

This project aims to improve the local accountability of commissioning processes increasing the impact on health services by enabling Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) to influence emerging local commissioning plans and priorities.