The story so far...
In July 2010 the Government published a White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, setting out its long term vision for the NHS.
In order to shift decision-making as close as possible to patients, power and responsibility for commissioning services - the planning, designing and paying for your NHS services - will become the job of local groups of clinicians.
West Oxfordshire Locality Group (WOLG)
The Nuffield Practice is one of nine local practices which joined together in a consortium of West Oxfordshire practices working together to develop and maintain local services for our patients. To find out more about this, visit the West Oxfordshire Locality Group (WOLG) website at www.wolg.org.uk.
WOLG is part of an Oxfordshire-wide consortium now known as the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG)
There have been several stages in developing what are now known as clinical commissioning groups - you may have heard of 'practice based commissioning', and 'GP commissioning'. These ideas have been developed following feedback to the government and there will be a network of 'clinical commissioning groups' to develop the process further - Oxfordshire was quick to take up the challenge and there is an Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. There are lots of GPs involved already and the group is being expanded to include other health professionals.
The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group will be responsible for commissioning health services for Oxfordshire as soon as it is recognised that it has the ability to take on this task.. This will include planned and emergency hospital care, rehabilitation, most community services and mental health and learning disability services.
The Government is keen to involve local communities and patients - if you would like to find out more, visit the OCCG website at http://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/