As a clinical commissioning group (or CCG), we plan and commission the majority of local healthcare services in Newcastle Gateshead.
Commissioning means deciding what services are needed, and ensuring that they are provided to a high standard. We also work to improve the health of our most vulnerable communities and bring them closer to the level of others in our area.
We are led by doctors, nurses and other health professionals, but we know that a strong patient voice can help us to make better decisions. We work closely with patients to ensure everyone has the chance to help us shape the future of NHS services.
Our membership is made up of 60 GP practices, and together we are responsible for around half a million people in Newcastle and Gateshead.
As a CCG, we are overseen by NHS England, which retains responsibility for commissioning some healthcare services such as dentistry and some specialised hospital services.
The services we commission include:
- Most planned hospital care
- Urgent and emergency care (including out-of-hours)
- Primary care (in partnership with NHS England)
- Rehabilitative care
- Most community health services
- Mental health and learning disability services