Our Role

Understanding the New NHS - A guide for everyone working and training within the NHS is a useful guide to the structure of the NHS.

The main role of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) is to identify and commission the most appropriate services to meet the health needs of the local population.

We use a range of data and evidence to help us do this and work closely with other organisations such as the local authority (North Yorkshire County Council) and providers of services such as hospital trusts to shape how services are provided.

For further information, including our staff structures please see About Us

What is commissioning?

Commissioning is the process of assessing health needs, identifying the services required to meet those needs and then buying those services from a wide range of healthcare providers, which can include hospitals and voluntary organisations.

What services do we commission?

We are responsible for commissioning services such as:

  • Planned care (such as operations)
  • Unplanned care (such as emergency and urgent care services)
  • Mental health care (such as psychological therapies and dementia care)
  • Rehabilitation care (such as physiotherapy)
  • Community care (such as services provided to patients in their homes)
  • Children’s and maternity services

What services does the CCG not commission?

We are not responsible for public health as this is the responsibility of the local authority (North Yorkshire County Council). We do however work closely with the local authority as a partner on the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board.

For further information about what the CCG does and doesn't commission, click here.