How we decide what to spend your money on

As a CCG we work closely with healthcare providers to ensure they are providing safe, high quality services. We also work very closely with local authorities and the voluntary sector to ensure services are integrated and meet the needs of patients and their families.

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Each year commissioners at the CCG work with clinical leads and service providers to develop commissioning intentions and aspirations to be taken forward into the following financial year.

Commissioning intentions are defined as things we’ve already developed or can develop for implementation for the beginning of the new financial year. Commissioning aspirations are defined as things we’ve partially developed or will develop for implementation during the financial year. Both these intentions and aspirations are developed in line with national or local policy or where a need in service provision has been identified.

Once a commissioning intention/aspiration is identified it is scored based on a number of indicators and is then prioritised alongside all the other intentions and aspirations.

An independent evaluation panel, which includes patient participation group representation, reviews the scoring given to the commissioning intentions and aspirations in order to ensure transparency and avoid any bias with regard to the service development.

Where the commissioning intention or aspiration relates to an existing provider, these are taken forward as part of contract negotiations.

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