Changes to your local NHS

The Health and Social Care Act became law in March 2012.

On 1 April 2013, primary care trusts (like NHS Gloucestershire) ceased to exist and GPs and other clinicians took on a lead role for buying services.

As part of this, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  formally took on its responsibilities.

The CCG is responsible for buying local NHS services such as emergency care services, operations or treatments that can be planned in advance and mental health services.

These services are provided by a range of ‘provider’ healthcare organisations, such as NHS Trusts.

NHS England allocates money to local Clinical Commissioning Groups and commissions (buys) some specialist services.

Another change is that on 1 April, 2013, responsibility for monitoring and promotion of public health transferred from the NHS to local councils (Gloucestershire County Council).

The Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board (which includes representation from Gloucestershire CCG)  leads on looking at the health and social care needs of the population.

It decides on public health priorities and looks at how individuals, communities and local organisations can help to make the county healthier.

Take at a look at this visual which shows the changes as a whole.