Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group is the statutory body responsible for commissioning local health services in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan.

As a Clinical Commissioning Group, we have a number of statutory duties that we must fulfill. Here is a selection of the most important ones.

Duty to promote NHS Constitution
Each clinical commissioning group must, in the exercise of its functions-
(a) act with a view to securing that health services are provided in a way which promotes the NHS Constitution, and
(b) promote awareness of the NHS Constitution among patients, staff and members of the public.

More information on the NHS Constitution can be found here.


Duty as to effectiveness, efficiency etc.
Each clinical commissioning group must exercise its functions effectively, efficiently and economically.


Duty as to improvement in quality of services
Each clinical commissioning group must exercise its functions with a view to securing continuous improvement in the quality of services provided to individuals for or in connection with the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness.


Duty in relation to quality of primary medical services
Each clinical commissioning group must assist and support the Board in discharging its duty under section 13E so far as relating to securing continuous improvement in the quality of primary medical services.


Duties as to reducing inequalities
Each clinical commissioning group must, in the exercise of its functions, have regard to the need to-
(a) reduce inequalities between patients with respect to their ability to access health services, and
(b) reduce inequalities between patients with respect to the outcomes achieved for them by the provision of health services.


Duty to promote involvement of each patient
(1) Each clinical commissioning group must, in the exercise of its functions, promote the involvement of patients, and their carers and representatives (if any), in decisions which relate to-
(a) the prevention or diagnosis of illness in the patients, or
(b) their care or treatment.


(2) The Board must publish guidance for clinical commissioning groups on the discharge of their duties under this section.


(3) A clinical commissioning group must have regard to any guidance published by the Board under subsection (2).


Duty as to patient choice
Each clinical commissioning group must, in the exercise of its functions, act with a view to enabling patients to make choices with respect to aspects of health services provided to them.


Duty to obtain appropriate advice
(1) Each clinical commissioning group must obtain advice appropriate for enabling it effectively to discharge its functions from persons who (taken together) have a broad range of professional expertise in-
(a) the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness, and
(b) the protection or improvement of public health.


(2) The Board may publish guidance for clinical commissioning groups on the discharge of their duties under subsection (1).


(3) A clinical commissioning group must have regard to any guidance published by the Board under subsection (2).


Duty to promote innovation
Each clinical commissioning group must, in the exercise of its functions, promote innovation in the provision of health services (including innovation in the arrangements made for their provision).


Duty in respect of research
Each clinical commissioning group must, in the exercise of its functions, promote-
(a) research on matters relevant to the health service, and
(b) the use in the health service of evidence obtained from research.


Duty as to promoting education and training
Each clinical commissioning group must, in exercising its functions, have regard to the need to promote education and training for the persons mentioned in section 1F(1) so as to assist the Secretary of State in the discharge of the duty under that section.


Duty as to promoting integration
Each clinical commissioning group must exercise its functions with a view to securing that health services are provided in an integrated way where it considers that this would-
(a) improve the quality of the health services (including the outcomes that are achieved from the provision of those services),
(b) reduce inequalities between persons with respect to their ability to access those services, or
(c) reduce inequalities between persons with respect to the outcomes achieved for them by the provision of those services

 

 


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