Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is a membership organisation involving 91 GP practices serving around 559,400 patients across the Sandwell and West Birmingham area. The Commissioning Group is broken down further into five Local Commissioning Groups - Black Country, Healthworks, ICoF, Pioneers for Health and Sandwell Health Alliance - that address the needs of the population on a very local level.
The CCG has its own unique challenges. It has a diverse, rapidly changing population that, historically, comes from an industrial background but has more recently seen the growth of ethnic minority groups.
From 1 April 2015, we also became responsible for commissioning GP services. See our GP services webpage for more information.
The White Paper 2010 outlined how the NHS was to become a patient-centred service, led by the very people delivering that service – clinicians. This led to the abolition of Primary Care Trusts at the end of March 2013 and the emergence of new clinically led commissioning groups – CCGs.
Each CCG was subjected to a rigorous authorisation process to ensure it was fit for purpose and ready to take on the responsibility for commissioning budgets. Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG showed great progress through the authorisation process and was authorised as a Wave 1 CCG by NHS England on 5 December 2012. Since that date further work has been undertaken, and Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG was fully authorised to take on the full range of its statutory duties from 1 April 2013.
In 2013 we were awarded the Health Service Journal's Clinical Commissioning Group of the Year Award. This was followed in 2014, by winning the Pulse General Practice's Award for Commissioners of the Year and being a finalist for the Health Service Journal's Board Leadership Award. We were really proud to be named the 2015 Health Service Journal's Clinical Commissioning Group of the Year Award. In 2016 we're pleased to be shortlisted for three Health Service Journal Awards including Clinical Commissioning Group of the Year, the Compassionate Patient Care Award and Andy Williams, our Accountable Officer, was awarded highly commended in the category of CEO of the year.
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