Third wave of CCGs authorised

Yesterday saw a further 62 CCGs authorised in the third wave of authorisation by the NHS CB bringing the total number of authorised CCGs to 163. This means that from 1 April these CCGs will be able to commission healthcare services for their local communities.

Of the 62 CCGs in wave three six have been authorised with no conditions meaning that they fully met all 119 authorisation criteria. The successful CCGs are Central Manchester CCG Erewash CCG Newark and Sherwood CCG North Derbyshire CCG North Tyneside CCG and Southern Derbyshire CCG.

Five have been authorised with conditions requiring more intensive support . They are NHS Eastbourne Hailsham and Seaford CCG; NHS Newham CCG; NHS Herefordshire CCG NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG and NHS Vale of York CCG. The support will be provided by NHS CB which will be underpinned by legal directions. The remaining 56 CCGs have been authorised with conditions meaning that they have not met all the authorisation criteria giving rise to further scrutiny by the NHS CB.

Criteria most commonly failed by CCGs in the third wave include not having adequate quality innovation productivity and prevention (QIPP) plans or adequate financial plans and not having 'arrangements in place to manage all contracts that will be transferred from PCTs on or by 31 March 2013 or new contracts from 1 April 2013'.

48 CCGs await authorisation in the final and fourth wave due to be announced by the NHS CB on 7 March 2013. We await the results of next month's authorisation wave with interest.

You can read more about wave three authorisation including the summary outcomes framework on the NHS CB's website.

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