What is a CCG?

A clinical commissioning group is a new NHS organisation that brings together local GPs and experienced health professionals to take on commissioning responsibilities for local health services.

As commissioners of local health services, a CCG is responsible for planning the right services to meet the needs of local people, buying local health services including community health care and hospital services, and checking that the services are delivering the best possible care and treatment for those who need them.

A CCG has to work within a local budget from the NHS for local health services and work closely with other NHS colleagues and local authorities to ensure local people are receiving the best possible care.

What does a CCG do?

CCGs are responsible for commissioning (planning, buying and monitoring):

  • the care and treatment you may need in hospital and community health services, including district nurses, physiotherapy and other therapies,
  • the medicines you may be prescribed,
  • mental health services,
  • and support and services for people living with learning disabilities.

Importantly they are not responsible for primary care, which includes your GP practice, dentists and opticians – these areas are now commissioned by new area teams of NHS England.

Our region is covered by the Surrey and Sussex Area Team. You can find out more about the Area Team on NHS England's website.

NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG

In West Sussex there are three clinical commissioning groups following the changes to the NHS on 1 April 2013 - NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, NHS Crawley CCG, and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG.

NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG is led by local doctors and health professionals and covers six localities in West Sussex from Chichester across to Adur and up to Chanctonbury.

The CCG is made up of the 47 GP practices in our area and is now responsible for commissioning local health services for more than 482,100 people.

We have a strong leadership team made up of local doctors, hospital consultants and nurses, who are working alongside an experienced local management team to make sure that local services are providing the best possible care for local people.

Read more about who we are.

What makes a CCG different from the PCT?

CCGs are different from primary care trusts as they are bring together the GP practices in the area they cover.

These GPs are all responsible for the organisation, leading its decision-making and working alongside an experienced local management team to make sure that local services are providing the best possible care for local people.

Where can I find out more about the rest of West Sussex?

You can read more about the two other clinical commissioning groups in West Sussex on their websites:

Read more about how we fit in the new NHS structure.