Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Introducing the Dorset CCG

Who are we?

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the commissioning organisation for the whole county of Dorset. The group is a membership organisation, formed of all 100 local GP practices in the county.

Our mission is to support the people of Dorset to lead healthier lives. You can read more about what we stand for.

NHS England have also produced a guide called Understanding the new NHS which outlines the organisations and systems that define, sustain and regulate the NHS (including the role of CCGs). 

What do we do?

Our principal work is to plan, develop and buy health services on behalf of the local people. We are responsible for buying:

  • Planned hospital care
  • Urgent and emergency care, including the 111 service
  • Community health services
  • Mental health and learning disability services
  • Rehabilitation care
  • Maternity, children's and family services
  • NHS continuing healthcare

Our key providers across the county include:

There are many other service providers from the charitable, voluntary and private sectors that allow patients a wider choice of service location and type.

We are committed to improving the local health services to reflect our local population needs and do this by working through a number of clinical work programmes (clinical commissioning programmes - CCPs), to consider where improvments can be made. Each of these work programmes is led by a local GP, supported by other doctors, specialists and commissioning managers. View our current CCPs.

How do we work?

All 100 GP practices are sub-grouped into 13 locality groups (or geographical areas), which have been involved in commissioning for the local region for many years. Each locality has a Locality Chairperson (a local GP), who is also a member of our Governing Body. This ensures our decisions are clinically-led.

The Governing Body is made up of our 13 Locality Chairpersons, a Governing Body Chairperson, an accountable Chief Officer, an accountable Chief Finance Officer, two Lay Members, a Nurse Lead and a Secondary Care Lead. You can view more details on the structure of our Governing Body and it's primary focus. The Governing Body is a key decision-making group of the CCG.

We also have a Clinical Commissioning Committee which reports to the Governing Body, made up of the Chairpersons of our six CCP workstreams, Executive Members and Lay Members.