About Dorset CCG

About Dorset CCG2018-07-25T14:08:26+00:00

What is Dorset CCG?

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group is the commissioning organisation for the whole county of Dorset. It’s a membership group formed of all 89 GP practices in the county.

Our mission is to support the people of Dorset to lead healthier lives. You can read more about our mission and values.

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 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 disabilities

  • Rehabilitation care

  • Maternity, children’s and family services

  • NHS continuing healthcare

  • Primary Care

Our key providers 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.

How we work

All 86 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. 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, Executive Members and Lay Members.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

We are members of the Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Intelligence group with local authorities, public health and the voluntary sector, which leads the development of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a way the local NHS, in partnership with local authorities and other public sector partners, works collaboratively to understand the current and future health and wellbeing needs of its local population and identifies future priorities.

Public Health Dorset are now co-ordinating the JSNA on behalf of the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board and the Bournemouth and Poole Health and Wellbeing Board. The JSNA documents will be made available on the Public Health Dorset website as they are developed, working jointly with Health and Wellbeing Board partners through a Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Intelligence Group, which includes the CCG.