Posted: May 9, 2012 Filed under: Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Info about LINks, Local Involvement Networks | Tags: Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Reforms, south west
I was asked by a local charity whether I had details of all of the new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the south west and which LINk and PCT related to which CCG. The CCGs are the groups that are taking over responsibility for health commissioning as part of the ‘NHS Reforms’. (See my post here for a nice simple explanation of the reforms.)
Well I rummaged through the piles of paper on my desk but I couldn’t find all the information in one place, so I’ve put it together in a spreadsheet for you:
LINks and CCGs in the south west
It’s worth remembering that the LINk that covers any area will also be the same as the Local Authority (council) that covers the area. That’s useful because of course, the Local Authorities host the Health & Wellbeing Boards, which are another part of the new landscape.
CCGs (and PCTs) in the south west all mapped nicely:
This is a useful picture which is handy for the wall in the office. It shows all the PCT “Clusters” (i.e. the ‘merged’ PCTs which cover larger areas, which are merging to save on resources i.e. staff as everything is handed over the new CCGs) and how they relate (in terms of areas that they cover) to the new CCGs. It is Quite Interesting and if you work in this area, you should jolly well know all about it (click for a larger image):
CCGs and ‘Cluster’ PCTs in the south west
The Devon Picture:
The situation in some areas is nice and simple. For example, in Somerset, we have one PCT (which has ‘clustered with itself’ – don’t ask), one local authority (i.e. council), one Clinical Commissioning Group and one LINk. See how smug and sensible we are?
However, in other areas, such as Devon, you have a bit of a spaghetti of clustered PCTs and CCGs and LINks drunkenly sprawled all over each other with no apparent coherence or co-terminosity whatsoever. Caroline at the Devon LINk sent me this handy PDF which explains the Devon situation in five maps, so if you are a Devon person, you might like to study these maps so that you can attempt to give yourself a migraine memorising the whole thing:
The new health landscape in Devon
What to do with this data:
- Print it out and stick it on the wall: It’s colourful and USEFUL. Hoorah.
- Read it: This is all useful background information, to give you a flavour of how the new NHS landscape is shaping up in the south west.
- Use the contact details: If you need to plan any work across the south west, these contact details should come in handy.
- Tell me if I’m wrong or send me more information:Let me know if you have any useful maps of your area, or indeed if Devon is actually really simple and I’m just a bit dim.
P.S. Thanks to Mark Woodcock at the Strategic Health Authority for helping me find some of this data!