NHS health care commissioners given greater responsibility for primary care in Wiltshire 

The commissioning of elements of primary care in Wiltshire may soon be the responsibility of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, as its expression of interest to embark on joint commissioning in conjunction with NHS England, who manage GP contracts nationally, has been approved.

Pending full approval by Wiltshire CCG’s Governing Body on 24 March 2015, Wiltshire CCG will have the opportunity to further improve primary care services locally for the benefit of patients and local communities by entering into joint commissioning arrangements with NHS England. By tailoring services to meet the needs of Wiltshire residents, the CCG is better placed to deliver its commitment to provide high quality healthcare to all and to keep more people out of hospital and in their own homes.

Deborah Fielding, Chief Officer at Wiltshire CCG comments: “This is a real opportunity for us to ensure that we use our additional responsibilities for the benefit of Wiltshire residents. By working with NHS England we can ensure that primary care services throughout Wiltshire are aligned to our strategic goals and provide the best possible care to people in Wiltshire.

“Given the impact primary health care has on our population, this is a positive move designed to align standards of care right across the county and to focus on delivering the right services, in the right place.”

Jo Cullen, Group Director and leading on Primary Care for Wiltshire CCG said: “Co-commissioning will allow us to deliver our vision to support extended primary care teams which are aligned to community teams, mental health and social care provision. By delivering services in this way we can ensure better integration of health and care services and a more joined-up, seamless approach for patients.”

Wiltshire CCG is one of 87 CCGs across the country to have been approved for joint commissioning subject to constitutional amendments. Wiltshire CCG will take on this additional responsibility from 1 April 2015, pending formal approval on 24 March 2015.