What We Do

As a clinical commissioning group (CCG) we are responsible for commissioning or “buying” healthcare for the people of West Cheshire: that is, making sure that we use our budget of around £300 million to ensure the best possible healthcare for our population.

We have responsibility for commissioning or “buying”:

  • Elective (or scheduled) hospital care
  • Urgent and emergency care including Accident and Emergency (A&E), ambulance and services that operate when GP Practices are closed i.e. in the evenings, through the night and at weekends and Bank Holidays
  • Community health services (except where part of the public health service)
  • Maternity services
  • Older people’s healthcare services
  • Healthcare services for children, including those with complex healthcare needs (except for those specialised services)
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Healthcare services for people with mental health conditions
  • Healthcare services for people with learning disabilities
  • Continuing healthcare support for people with complex needs who need specialist nursing support

Clinical Commissioning Groups put clinicians in the driving seat of local commissioning decisions. This means that local clinicians and GPs especially, who know what local patients need, will hold the purse strings and make decisions about healthcare in West Cheshire.

We want to continually improve the quality of healthcare in west Cheshire whilst at the same time ensuring that all local health services deliver value for money for taxpayers. We have agreed that quality is about patient experience, safety and effectiveness.

We want to create a health system that places paramount importance on improving outcomes for patients. This will involve understanding what patients need from and value about the NHS, and therefore we will put patients at the heart of everything we do so that the Government’s aim of ‘no decision about me without me’ is central to the way we work.

You can read our full strategic plan for the next five years by visiting the Plans and Strategies page of the website.

We have also created areas on our website where you can read more about our vision, our values, our priorities for the next five years and our programmes of work for 2013/14.