Clinical commissioning groups and integrated care partnerships

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were created following the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 and replaced primary care trusts on 1 April 2013. They are clinically-led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area, including the majority of the hospital and community NHS services. Commissioning is about getting the best possible health outcomes for the local population, by assessing local needs, deciding priorities and strategies, and then buying services on behalf of the population from providers such as hospitals, clinics, community health bodies, etc. While CCGs are responsible for the health of their local populations, the NHS trusts primarily manage NHS hospital care in England, which may include community care and mental health services. See here for further details.

The six CCGs in the Lancashire County Council area:

Source: Patients registered at a GP practice, January 2022

For further CCG demographic information, please see our interactive report. Please note that the report may take some time to load. If you experience issues, please try opening this CCG page in another browser. 

Integrated care partnerships*

Along with NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG and NHS Blackpool CCG the six CCGs in the Lancashire County Council area are part of Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria. This is a partnership of different organisations working together to improve services for the 1.7 million people in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Within Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria there are five integrated care partnerships (ICPs), which are alliances of NHS providers, local authorities, community services, mental health services, the CCGs, GPs and hospital trusts. The profiles for the five partnerships can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

*In line with the government's Health and Care Bill and NHS reforms, a new NHS organisation and statutory local health and care partnerships are to be introduced later this year. Their purpose will be to:

  1. Improve outcomes (population health and care)
  2. Tackle inequalities in outcomes and access
  3. Enhance productivity and value for money
  4. Support broader social economic development

The NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria integrated care board is set to be established in July 2022. This will replace the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria integrated care system and the eight CCGs in the area. 

This CCG and ICP page is developed by the Public Health Intelligence team, part of Business Intelligence, and draws together data and analysis from various sources. 

Please also see the Office for Health Improvement & Disparities' Public Health Profiles.

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Page last updated February 2022