Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group
Newcastle Gateshead is a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that brings together a powerful partnership of local GP practices covering the north, east and west of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.
Commissioning is the process of assessing local health needs, identifying the services required to meet those needs and then buying those services from a wide range of healthcare providers, which can include hospitals, community-based services; ambulance services and a variety of voluntary and community sector organisations. The government is introducing clinical commissioning because it believes that front-line clinicians, such as doctors and community nurses, are closer to patients and know better what health services they need.
From April 2013, Newcastle West Clinical Commissioning Group will be responsible for making sure that health services are available to meet the needs of their patients.
How can you get involved?
The easiest way to get involved is to join your practice’s patient group by:
- picking up a form from the surgery
- speaking to one of the reception staff at your GP practice
What will I have to do?
From time to time we will ask your opinion on different issues, usually in the form of a quick questionnaire. We will contact you via email or, if you prefer, by letter.
We promise it won’t take too much of your time!
Practice Group members will also have the opportunity to meet with other patients from their surgery, with other Practices and Clinical Commissioning Group representatives through the Newcastle West Patient Forum.
What happens next?
Once you’ve provided your contact details, a member of the Practice staff will confirm your membership of the group.
After that, the Practice will contact you again to ask for your views on issues affecting the Practice and its patients.
Please note: the Patient Group cannot discuss individual medical concerns. If you have any questions at all about your own health or treatment, please speak to your doctor.