‘Putting patients at the heart of everything we do’: Vale GPs take on new commissioning role

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Aylesbury GPs took over responsibility for buying and paying for local healthcare services this week.

Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group which is led by GPs, other clinicians and lay members will now be planning and commissioning hospital, community health and mental health services on behalf of local people.

The CCG is made up of 21 GP practices in three localities serving a population of 200,000 patients, and has a commissioning budget of £208m in 2013/14.

Dr Graham Jackson, chair of Aylesbury Vale CCG, said: “GP-led commissioning signals a new approach to health care in the NHS that will bring real benefits for local people.

“We feel we are best placed to understand the needs of our local population, and will strive to commission the best quality services to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.

“We will work closely with our partners in hospitals, the community and the local authority to ensure the care services we commission in Aylesbury Vale are effective and provide value for money.

“Putting patients at the heart of everything we do is a priority and we are very keen to engage with members of the public, to hear their views on the future of services in their community.”

Aylesbury Vale CCG replaces NHS Buckinghamshire Primary Care Trust.