NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is a clinically-led organisation, which means our plans and decisions are informed by people with a medical background such as GPs and nurses who know the local area.
Since 1 April 2013 we have been responsible for planning, buying and monitoring (a process known as commissioning) a range of local health services. This includes everything from mental health services to out of hours GP care, and from hospital services to care in the community.
We are a membership organisation formed of the 36 GP surgeries in Tower Hamlets and our work is supervised by a governing body, which includes an elected GP from each of our 8 local GP networks, a practice nurse, a practice manager, lay members and the local council.
We work with a wide range of health service providers and partners in the borough and across east London to plan, buy and manager local health services. These providers include Barts Health NHS Trust and the East London NHS Foundation Trust. We also work closely with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (the council) to ensure a full and integrated range of health and social care services are available to the people of Tower Hamlets.
To find out more about us and the work we do, you can read our 'Shaping healthcare in Tower Hamlets' booklet.
What we commission: CCGs are responsible for commissioning most hospital, community–based and mental health services. A national body called NHS England is responsible for commissioning specialist services and the local council looks after public health services.
NHS Tower Hamlets CCG is responsible for commissioning;
- GP services
- Planned hospital care
- Maternity services
- Community services and rehabilitation
- Urgent and emergency care
- Continuing care
- Cancer services
- Fertility services
- Children services (except health visiting)
- Mental health and learning disability services
- Treatment of infectious diseases
NHS England is responsible for the performance of CCGs and for commissioning
- Specialist commissioning (e.g. neurosurgery)
- Prison healthcare
- Immunisation and screening
London Borough of Tower Hamlets is responsible for public health commissioning
- Health promotion and prevention
- Sexual health services and treatment (except HIV)
- Drugs and alcohol
- NHS Health checks
- Health visiting