A further 52 CCGs have been authorised to take on delegated responsibility for the commissioning of GP services and will be able to operate under the new arrangements from April 2016. This means that approximately half of CCGs will have delegated responsibility in 2016/17 and we expect a third of CCGs to be operating under joint arrangements.
NHS England are increasingly learning that the delegated model looks most likely to deliver the greatest benefits for local people. To date, CCGs have reported that delegated commissioning has enabled a clearer, more joined up vision for primary care, increased clinical leadership and public involvement and more local decision making. It also offers CCGs further opportunities to improve out-of-hospital services for local people.
There is an annual opportunity for CCGs to take on delegated responsibilities and NHS England will continue to support CCGs to take forward this model. More information is available on the co-commissioning section of the NHS England website.