From 1 April 2013, the CCG became responsible for commissioning (buying-in) and managing your health care services once the local primary care trust, NHS Suffolk, ceased to exist. The CCG was established in April 2012 and has responsibility for approximately 400,000 patients.
The Governing Body of the CCG includes seven local GPs from across the Ipswich and east Suffolk area. Additionally, the Governing Body includes a secondary care doctor [who has to be from out of the area], a "patient and public involvement" lay member and an "audit and governance" lay member.
Local GPs understand what their patients need. Having GPs from Ipswich and east Suffolk in charge of the local healthcare budget means we will hold the purse strings. This will ensure we make the right decisions on buying and managing health services and make a real difference to your health and wellbeing.
The CCG is made up of a "Governing Body" of 17 individuals: seven local GPs, three lay members, a secondary care doctor and seven senior officers with different responsibilities:
Also unique to the CCG is a Clinical Executive, which includes the Governing Body GPs and the Chief Officers listed above as well as an additional GPs from the local area, who are listed below: