This report based on fieldwork conducted by the King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust provides an overview of evolution of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and an assessment of the opportunities and challenges ahead.
The report asserts that CCGs have an important opportunity to support improvement in general practice but will need to strike a careful balance if they are to perform this function without alienating their GP members.
It also shows that levels of member ownership and involvement in CCGs are highly variable, and there are some significant disparities between the views of CCG leaders and member GPs.
The report stresses that there is a foundation of goodwill on which CCG leaders can build. Converting this into active support and engagement is one of the most pressing challenges ahead.