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What we do

Here you can discover more about commissioning, what healthcare we’re responsible for, and how we prioritise services to meet the particular health needs of local people.

What is commissioning?

In its simplest form, commissioning is the process of assessing needs, deciding priorities, allocating budgets and buying services from other organisations or providers. These roles form part of our commissioning cycle. 


However, the commissioning process is very complex. We need to make sure that the services we buy for the community are of an affordable high quality and meet the needs of an ageing and growing population. 

Working with our partners, providers, patients and public, we want to ensure that local people receive the right health services, at the right time, and as close to their homes as possible. 

Our Commissioning Priorities

Watch this short video of David Jarrett, Director of Operations, talking about the CCG's priorities:

Find out more about our local health challenges or read our current commissioning plan:

Cover for CCG Plan on a page 2016/17

CCG Plan on a page 2016/17

South Gloucestershire CCG's plan on a page 2016/17.

What services are we responsible for?

We’re responsible for commissioning a range of local healthcare services for the population of South Gloucestershire which are provided by other organisations, such as local NHS hospital trusts and community health service providers. See Our partners.

  • urgent and emergency care, such as NHS 111, A&E and ambulance services
  • planned (elective) hospital care, such as operations and treatments 
  • community health services, such as community nursing and physiotherapy
  • rehabilitation for those recovering from operations and certain conditions
  • maternity and new-born services (excluding neonatal intensive care)
  • infertility services 
  • children and young people’s health services 
  • mental health services
  • continuing health care for people with on-going health needs, such as nursing care 

What we’re not responsible for

We’re not responsible for commissioning primary care such as GPs, dentists, opticians and pharmacists, or for prison healthcare or specialised health services, all of which are commissioned by NHS England.

Nor are we responsible for public health, such as immunisations, family health visitors or health promotions, which are the responsibility of South Gloucestershire Council.

What is a clinical commissioning group?

What we fund

The NHS Constitution for England

The NHS Constitution for England brings together in one place details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. 

Read the NHS Constitution

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