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Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

What is Clinical Commissioning?

Clinical commissioning is the term we use to describe how an organisation (the commissioner) first identifies the health needs of a population and then sets about a process to appoint other organisations (providers) to supply services to meet these needs.

Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group have a duty to ensure that the services they commission are high quality, safe, local and accessible and also good value for money.

Older People Outcomes Baseline Profile (2019)
This profile has been designed as a resource to accompany the Healthy Wirral Outcomes Framework for Older People.  Its primary focus is to provide a high-level baseline position, highlighting variation that will inform the development of population-based commissioning.


Clinical commissioning is the term we use to describe how an organisation (the commissioner) first identifies the health needs of a population and then sets about a process to appoint other organisations (providers) to supply services to meet these needs. We have a duty to ensure that the services we commission are high quality, safe, local and accessible and also good value for money. The types of service we commission include:

  • Most local hospital care, for example, A&E, Outpatients, Tests and Operations
  • Most mental health care including both GP based services and hospital-based services
  • Most community services for example district nurses, matrons and physiotherapy

Wirral CCG do not commission all health services. In these cases NHS England has the responsibility:

  • GPs, Dentists, Opticians & Pharmacists
  • Specialist Services, for example, cardiac & neurosurgery or transplant surgery.

Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) came into existence as part of the reorganisation of NHS structures undertaken in response to the Health & Social Care Act 2012. Under the new legislation, we are responsible for commissioning health services for the residents of Wirral. In doing this we:

  • Seek to continuously improve services and reduce inequalities
  • Work with patients, carers and the public when making decisions
  • Partner with other health and social care bodies in planning and delivery
  • Perform our duties efficiently and manage our resources effectively
  • promote the values of the NHS and protect its future

Wirral CCG became authorised as a clinical commissioning group in March of 2013 and formally assumed this responsibility from April 2013.

Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commits to continue to improve health and reduce disease by working with patients, public and partners, tackling health inequalities and helping people to take care of themselves.

Every GP practice on Wirral is a member of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


Wirral Intelligence Service offer to Wirral CCG

Wirral Intelligence Service works very closely with colleagues within Wirral CCG, across all tiers of commissioning and particularly closely with members of the Business Intelligence Team.

Joint work topics and activities include:

  • Neighbourhood Profiles

  • Primary Care Network development

  • Healthy Wirral 

Below are a number of resources that are used to aide local Wirral CCG and other local service planners and commissioners to make those decisions that create the best services for local residents.

Making NHS data transparent will help to drive up quality and create even better services.

Unfortunately MyNHS website has now closed due to lack of use.

However the list and links below will take you to the most relevant data and detail that this site once accessed:

The Intelligent Monitoring (IM) tool has been developed to give CQC a clearer understanding of each provider, which informs their inspectors where they should inspect, and what to focus on during an inspection. It will assist them when planning the inspection programme for NHS GP practices. The tool draws on existing and established national data sources, and includes indicators covering a range of activity in GP practices and the experiences of patients. The indicators relate to the five key questions that we will ask of all services when they inspect: are they safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led

NHS RightCare provide local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local health economies practical support in gathering data, evidence and tools to help them improve the way care is delivered for their patients and populations. Below are the latest NHS Wirral CCG RightCare packs:

Further information on these packs and other content can be found in the resources section of the NHS England website. The information in these products will be of particular interest to CCG clinical and management leads with responsibility for finance, performance, improvement and health outcomes; to NHS England regional teams; to other stakeholders within each STP footprint area; and to commissioning support teams who are helping CCGs with this work.

RightCare aims to support health and care systems to improve care quality, population health and system sustainability

RightCare’s methodology for change is based around three delivery stages:

  • Diagnose issues and identify opportunities with data, evidence and intelligence
  • Develop solutions and guidance using innovation and good practice
  • Deliver improvements for service users, populations and health and care systems

RightCare sits within the Improvement Product and Services Group within the Chief Data and Analytics Officer Directorate (CDAO).

These profiles are designed to support GPs, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities to ensure that they are providing and commissioning effective and appropriate healthcare services for their local population.

In September 2014, the Independent Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England, established by The King’s Fund, called for the introduction of a ‘single local commissioner’ framework to replace the existing fragmented landscape of health and social care commissioning. This latest report looks at how single local commissioners, backed by integrated ring-fenced budgets, could be implemented across the country by 2020 - without the need for top-down organisational upheaval. 

This guide, produced in partnership with Regional Voices for Better Health, is aimed at voluntary organisations and provides practical steps to help develop relationships with clinical commissioning groups. They have also published Practical guidance to engaging with health and wellbeing boards.

CCG specific 2010 Indices of Multiple Deprivation for Wirral

We produced four maps that compare the CCG practice population in its entirety and as each Commissioning Group (WHCC, WHA & WGPCC) with the 2010 Indices of Multiple Deprivation for Wirral.

Frailty Evidence Review (August 2018)
There is a lack of consensus on a definition for frailty. This evidence review sets out to gather the latest and best known information to help understand the implications of frailty on a local population

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